1How to Select the Right Cloud Storage for Your Company
When a CIO or CTO creates an enterprise cloud strategy, it’s important for that person to take a bottom-up approach. This means that storage—where all the data resides—must be a primary consideration because it underpins the performance and reliability of the subsequent cloud services the organization uses. However, selecting a cloud storage provider is almost always problematic. There are so many vendors claiming nearly identical value propositions that it can be extremely difficult to determine true enterprise-grade storage from lesser packages. Knowing the most important criteria can help ensure that IT makes the correct decision. This eWEEK slide show, using industry perspective from Milan Sheti, general manager of HPE Storage and Big Data, offers eight tips for determining if a solution makes the (enterprise) grade.
Visibility is essential to creating an effective cloud strategy, but most cloud services provide very little insight into what’s going inside their cloud, let alone any data remaining on-premises. During the planning phase, organizations should emphasize the importance of being able to see across clouds and on-premises, as well as up and down the stack.
3Prioritize Data Mobility
4Know the ABCs of SLAs
5Consider the Split
6Avoid Vendor Lock-In at All Costs
7Assess the Available Data Services
8Check the Data Durability
9Cut to the Facts
Watch out for vendors of vendors touting half-hearted public-cloud solutions that add complexity with additional hardware or software or ones that are covertly trying to sell more hardware for private cloud. This means an organization’s best defense is to ask the right questions, cut through the marketing mumbo jumbo and get straight to the facts.