In today’s computing environment, more and more companies are beginning to work with massive datasets, ranging into the hundreds of petabytes and beyond. Whether it's big data analytics, high-definition video, or internet-of-things applications, the necessity for companies to handle large amounts of data in their daily operations continues to grow.
As more and more companies move to the cloud, one of the first questions they have to answer is which cloud model best fits their needs: public, private, or hybrid. Many are choosing the hybrid model as their best option. The term “hybrid cloud” simply refers to an operational environment that includes both private and public cloud platforms.
Businesses are moving to the cloud at an accelerating pace. A recent report from 451 Research indicates that by 2018, 60 percent of all enterprise workloads are expected to be based in the cloud. Yet many companies are still hesitating – not because they doubt the value of the cloud to their businesses, but because they recognize that moving their existing workloads to an entirely new platform is not a trivial task.
MSPs have built their businesses on offering a suite of standard IT services to their customers. But now many of those customers have begun migrating to the cloud, and taking advantage of the unique services the cloud model offers. That should be a warning flag for traditional MSPs. With much of their customer base moving to the cloud, those MSPs that don’t offer their own set of cloud-based services in a managed private cloud risk being left behind.
With the explosive growth in the amount of information companies must handle today, traditional data storage solutions are being stretched beyond the breaking point. Recognizing that adding the hardware and…
Shopping for enterprise storage solutions can be frustrating. If you browse through the blogs and marketing materials put out by the hardware manufacturers, you'll quickly see that they would like to convince you there's no place for the enterprise in the cloud.
Most people think As-a-Service (aaS) is focused on cloud only, but it isn't. There are on-premises storage solutions sold aaS - as well as cloud products. Many people also believe that the primary advantage of aaS or cloud-based services is the cost savings. While there is a significant cost benefit, that is far from being the only (or perhaps even the most compelling) reason to consider aaS. The simplicity and efficiency of the 'as-a-service' model is unlike anything we've seen in the industry thus far. Here are many of the key advantages that make Storage as a Service (STaaS) a winning solution.
Significant IT expenditures, such as servers, storage arrays, networking equipment and critical software systems have historically found themselves squarely in the CapEx expenditure pile. Capital expenses take longer to get approval, are generally larger and riskier expenditures, and essentially lock the company into a particular IT infrastructure, at least until the lifecycle of the expense is complete and the investment has delivered its expected ROI. But what if all that changed? What if many (potentially all) of those IT investments could be shifted to the OpEx side of the ledger? That's precisely what is happening now. Common "as-a-Service" offerings are IT solutions (both hardware and software, and occasionally a nice mixture of the two) are served up as cost-effective, pay-as-you-go alternatives to large, risky IT expenditures. So, why is there this industry-wide shift to OpEx?
By now, most people, especially those in the position to shop for IT products and services, are aware of the "aaS" or "as a Service" offerings. Currently, you can get a wide range of aaS offerings, including infrastructure, platform, application, storage, disaster recovery, database, monitoring, communications, and in case you can't narrow it down: XaaS or "Everything as a Service" (also sometimes called "Anything as a Service"). To date there is no Kitchen Sink as a Service, but stay tuned. Since it's new to the industry, many people wonder how On-Premise Storage-as-a-Service works.