@CloudExpo Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Zakia Bouachraoui

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Microservices Expo, Microsoft Cloud, Containers Expo Blog, @DXWorldExpo, SDN Journal

@CloudExpo: Blog Feed Post

A Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure: Data Storage Expansion

A compelling foundation for organizations to start utilizing cloud services

As discussed in our prior installment, while there is no “one-size fits all” path to cloud infrastructure adoption, a roadmap can ease and simplify the transition to cloud while minimizing IT disruption. More importantly, a phased approach (as shown in the figure below) enables organizations to take advantage of on-demand infrastructure sooner than later, leveraging scalability, cost advantages and rapid deployment capabilities of cloud.

Data storage expansion may be one of the easiest ways to leverage cloud infrastructure, which is why we list it as phase 1 of our roadmap. Besides the simple integration path, storage is a foundational building block of a cloud-based IT strategy – once data is in the cloud, more cloud services can be rolled in. Need another reason to begin with storage? Storage is growing rapidly, with the digital universe set to exceed 40,000 exabytes (40 billion terabytes) by 2020. With a data explosion looming, nearly every organization needs to formulate a plan for dealing with storage capacity sprawl.

For cloud storage “newbies,” integration may not appear very simple. In fact, the object-based APIs of cloud storage do not natively interface to many of today’s applications.

While writing directly to object-based APIs can be a complex undertaking, cloud-integrated storage solutions have made integrating cloud storage into an existing on-premise environments as easy as integrating on-premise SAN or NAS storage, with the performance and security of traditional infrastructure.

Once past the integration hurdle, there are a number of advantages of cloud storage versus on-premise traditional storage. These include:

  • On-demand, unlimited capacity expansion: With cloud storage, organizations never have to worry about running out of storage capacity. Capacity is always available and can be increased or decreased on demand.
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing: Traditional storage purchases occur in 3-5 year cycles, where organizations purchase capacity up-front to last several years. This means capacity is over-purchased and largely underutilized during most of its useful lifetime. Cloud storage changes those dynamics by only charging for capacity used at any given time, eliminating all waste. When you need more storage it’s simply there – easy to obtain, easy to use, easy to access.
  • Reduced floor space: Data storage occupies valuable data center floor space and expands over time to require more. Cloud storage allows organizations to grow capacity while keeping their local storage footprint fixed. Over time, as organizations become more cloud-centric, local storage footprints can also be reduced.
  • Virtually no administration: Maintaining traditional data storage generally requires hundreds if not thousands of yearly operations (see below), ranging from backups to software upgrades to addressing and fixing failures. With cloud storage, all of that maintenance is effectively outsourced to the cloud provider, freeing up staff to address building/maintaining key business applications rather than tending to the bane of infrastructure maintenance.

  • No need to to upgrade, migrate, replace: Traditional storage is sometimes viewed as a gift that keeps on giving — but not in a good way. As mentioned earlier, storage system refreshes happen every 3-5 years. Updating and then migrating and replacing storage infrastructure is an arduous task that introduces significant IT risk and administrative overhead. With cloud storage, the cloud provider does that for you, so the 3-5 year data storage life cycle disappears.

The end result of using the cloud for storage capacity expansion is a much better way to deploy, maintain and scale storage infrastructure. While solving the problem of capacity management and growth is of tremendous value by itself, storage also serves as the foundation of the next phases of our cloud adoption roadmap.

Some of the more profound benefits of the cloud that can be realized are in the areas of disaster recover (DR) and Big Data. Stay tuned for our upcoming installments as we discuss these next phases.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Nicos Vekiarides

Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of TwinStrata. He has spent over 20 years in enterprise data storage, both as a business manager and as an entrepreneur and founder in startup companies.

Prior to TwinStrata, he served as VP of Product Strategy and Technology at Incipient, Inc., where he helped deliver the industry's first storage virtualization solution embedded in a switch. Prior to Incipient, he was General Manager of the storage virtualization business at Hewlett-Packard. Vekiarides came to HP with the acquisition of StorageApps where he was the founding VP of Engineering. At StorageApps, he built a team that brought to market the industry's first storage virtualization appliance. Prior to StorageApps, he spent a number of years in the data storage industry working at Sun Microsystems and Encore Computer. At Encore, he architected and delivered Encore Computer's SP data replication products that were a key factor in the acquisition of Encore's storage division by Sun Microsystems.

CloudEXPO Stories
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how to monitor, manage and control costs across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It’s clear that traditional IT monitoring and management approaches, designed after all for on-premises data centers, are falling short in this new hybrid and dynamic environment.
With more than 30 Kubernetes solutions in the marketplace, it's tempting to think Kubernetes and the vendor ecosystem has solved the problem of operationalizing containers at scale or of automatically managing the elasticity of the underlying infrastructure that these solutions need to be truly scalable. Far from it. There are at least six major pain points that companies experience when they try to deploy and run Kubernetes in their complex environments. In this presentation, the speaker will detail these pain points and explain how cloud can address them.
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
Containers and Kubernetes allow for code portability across on-premise VMs, bare metal, or multiple cloud provider environments. Yet, despite this portability promise, developers may include configuration and application definitions that constrain or even eliminate application portability. In this session we'll describe best practices for "configuration as code" in a Kubernetes environment. We will demonstrate how a properly constructed containerized app can be deployed to both Amazon and Azure using the Kublr platform, and how Kubernetes objects, such as persistent volumes, ingress rules, and services, can be used to abstract from the infrastructure.
We are seeing a major migration of enterprises applications to the cloud. As cloud and business use of real time applications accelerate, legacy networks are no longer able to architecturally support cloud adoption and deliver the performance and security required by highly distributed enterprises. These outdated solutions have become more costly and complicated to implement, install, manage, and maintain.SD-WAN offers unlimited capabilities for accessing the benefits of the cloud and Internet. SD-WAN helps enterprises to take advantage of the exploding landscape of cloud applications and services, due to its unique capability to support all things cloud related.