Storage Platform and the Public Cloud

In any environment, data is king. An organization’s data is its lifeblood. As a result, storage is the only non-ephemeral resource in the data center. Compute and even networking frameworks can be built and destroyed at will, but storage requires much more care since it often needs to live forever (or, at least, for a very long time).

Regardless of environment, storage must be well-supported and there must be permanent mechanisms in place for its safety and retention. Moreover, because storage persists for a long time, it also needs to be protected from prying eyes. There are far too many news stories about companies that have gotten careless with their data. The financial and reputational backlash in such cases can be devastating.

Beyond ensuring ongoing security, storage in the hybrid cloud must be flexible when it comes to where it lives. After all, the very nature of the hybrid cloud is that it straddles both public cloud providers and private cloud environments. With that in mind, a basic assumption behind hybrid cloud storage is that it has at least some hook into the public cloud. For some vendors, this may mean running software-based versions of their operating system in a public cloud provider to enable a full feature set both on-premises as well as in the cloud. For others, it may mean having the ability to use the public cloud as a replication or data protection target. And of course, it may be a combination of these kinds of features or evolve into something else entirely.

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