- January 27, 2019
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Mick Bradley, VP EMEA at Arcserve, explains how organisations can find a balance between their cloud futures and their storage pasts
Cloud future- IT is a constantly changing industry, and the world of storage is no exception. In just a few decades, enterprise storage has evolved from punch cards, through to magnetic tape, disc, solid state, and flash. Fast forward to today, cloud storage is now grabbing the spotlight. Research by IDC shows that revenues from IT infrastructure sales into the cloud surpassed revenues from those traditional IT environments for the first time in Q3 of 2018.
Organisations are turning to the cloud to ensure business continuity and scalability, but in practice, transitioning to the cloud is more nuanced. Due to practical and financial restraints, IT infrastructures are often multi-generational, containing technology developed years, or even decades, apart.
It’s important that we remember that previous generations of storage technology still retain their use cases, particularly in certain industries and sectors such as education. Despite the increased adoption of cloudby businesses, most organisations are still between different storage backup solutions as they decide what data they want to move in the cloud.
As a result, organisations are adopting a hybrid cloud approach in which they use some on-premises services along with cloud services as part of the overall solution. And this trend looks set to continue, with Gartner predicting that 90% of organisations will adopt multi and hybrid cloud as part of their infrastructure management capabilities by 2020.
The move to the cloud
Agility, flexibility, scalability and eventually, digital transformation (or digitisation). This is why organisations are moving to the cloud in their droves. Read here
Why you can’t just forget about legacy storage
It’s clear that there is a myriad of platforms for IT professionals to consider when putting together a business continuity plan. Therefore, vendors need to consider older platforms and formats as many businesses are still trying to figure out what to do while they transition to the cloud.
A good example of this is tape. For many years, we have been told that ‘tape is dead’ but the reality is far from the case. The hard evidence suggests that tape is certainly not dead but it has just changed its use case.
Tape no longer has much utility as a primary method of storage, as most organisations have moved onto newer, faster technologies over the past few years. However, it has retained its use case for certain industries (such as healthcare) were archiving, long-term retention and compliance are key priorities. Tape is still one of the cheapest available forms of storage and provides an ‘air gap’ on-site for security purposes, particularly when critical data is at stake.
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Article Credit: IA
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