Over the past several years, cloud storage has found a niche that traditional online storage arrays and archival media, like tape, do not address. Whether it’s for secondary data, structured/unstructured data that is infrequently accessed, archives or backups, cloud storage represents a near perfect compromise for data that needs to remain online and easily accessible, but calls a for minimal cost and maintenance footprint.
The question organizations face today is no longer whether or not to use cloud storage. Instead, it is how to integrate this functional tier of storage into existing IT infrastructure. Because cloud storage is based on API-accessible object storage technology, the task of integrating object storage interfaces into current IT environments is typically cumbersome, as well as disruptive to existing applications and processes. Continue reading
According to the EMC Global Data Protection Index, which surveyed 3,300 IT decision makers from mid-size to enterprise-class businesses across 24 countries, common data protection practices have left global businesses exposed to data loss and downtime to the tune of $1.7 trillion annually. For the sake of comparison, that’s about the same as the world’s total military spend in a single year. A startling statistic by any account!
And this is only a glimpse of what’s to come if attitudes and practices toward data protection are left unchanged. Continue reading
On the road to IT-as-a-Service, transforming your IT infrastructure and applications is the easy part, comparatively speaking, that is. The really tough part is transforming the people and processes, and it’s also what differentiates the most successful IT transformations.
So you’ve virtualized your environment, set up your on-premises private cloud and connected it with a public cloud solution. You have a hybrid cloud up and running and you’re on your way to delivering IT-as-a-Service. Now that you have the hardware and software operating, how do you get your people operating in a new way – with new processes and structure — that allows your business to capitalize on the new IT agenda to deliver more business value than ever before? Continue reading
IT executives are finding it more difficult to look outside their window and not wonder at what rate of speed their organization is keeping ahead – or lagging behind – the competition in terms of cloud strategy and utilization. Asking questions is natural. But achieving answers? That requires an actionable plan which unequivocally defines priorities around IT as a Service (ITaaS). Continue reading