Understand Your Needs

By John Clancy  |  Posted 2009-11-18 Print this article Print

2. Understand your needs

Are you looking for primary storage for applications and file server replacements, secondary storage for data protection or archiving for business continuance and disaster recovery?  Understand the differences in standardization and cost between closed private clouds, community private clouds, enterprise-class public clouds and public commodity clouds. Most likely, you'll choose a combination, which leads to the next consideration: versatility.

3. Choose a versatile solution

Storing data in the cloud is one thing, but data is diverse in its format and the policies that govern it. Implementing a versatile cloud storage solution is vital in assessing between critical and non-critical data. Further, it's important to understand not just how your cloud storage provider can store your data, but what they can enable you to do with your data.

This is where having a provider with an enterprise-class, storage-as-a-service infrastructure is key so that you can meet an array of information management challenges-from archiving and discovery to PC and server backup to e-mail management and escrow services. Having a full house of services can make an immediate impact on the way your company can capture, store and protect corporate information. This, in turn, impacts the way you can enable cost reduction, optimize compliance and ensure security.

4. Understand your options

Not all cloud storage is the same, and there are distinct differences between standard cloud storage and value-added, storage-as-a-service solutions. Storage-as-a-service models are based on enterprise-class infrastructure not found in standard cloud storage. They come with capabilities and services that make stored data actionable, reduce risk, create efficiencies and control costs. All this can help companies further their peace of mind.

John Clancy is President of Iron Mountain Digital. John is responsible for developing and driving the strategy and execution of the digital business unit. During his tenure, John has directed the international expansion of Iron Mountain Digital. In December 2004, John joined Iron Mountain as executive vice president, digital, following Iron Mountain's acquisition of Connected Corporation. Previously, John was chief operating officer of Connected Corporation. Prior to that, Clancy served as Connected's senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. John has also held senior sales management positions with SilverStream Software, Number Nine Visual Technology and the Merisel Open Computing Alliance. John holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Assumption College. He can be reached at john.clancy@ironmountain.com.

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