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When setting up your storage architecture, there are lots of considerations. One of the most important is how you will handle backup and restoration. Traditionally, this requires installing some sort of proprietary backup software. However, that isn't your only option anymore, and it may not be the best option based on your storage performance and storage disaster recovery requirements. We'll talk about matching the right storage solutions to your backup needs in a moment. First, let's consider the actual costs of downtime in the data center.
In this article, we examine several techniques and tools used to test storage performance in cloud environments such as AWS, Azure or other cloud environments. These techniques also apply if you are deploying “Software Defined Infrastructure” – or SDx – as part of your enterprise environment.
Storage performance could be one of the single most important factors when it comes to productivity, as well as user experience. Enterprises that are capable of eliminating latency and improving the speed at which users and applications can access vital data are able to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction, worker productivity, and user satisfaction. There are several exciting advances in the realm of storage that make it easier to provide high speed and performance, but getting the most out of your storage does require a little tweaking and adjusting on the part of IT. Here are a few ways to optimize your storage performance.
Preventing a cyber attack should be one of, if not the main goal of your IT department. Your press releases need to focus on things like your outstanding awards, exciting new product lines, and the addition of stellar new industry talent to your roster. You don't want to be issuing press releases trying to explain how you leaked 1,500 customer identities or allowed other sensitive data to be exposed to the deep recesses of the Dark Web (like the much feared and dreaded Panama Papers) -- or worse, published on the searchable Internet at large (Sony and Ashley Madison ring any bells?).
Of all the business cloud storage configurations possible, the hybrid cloud has gained popularity more rapidly than either private or public clouds. The private cloud can be costlier, not just in terms of acquiring the hardware and such, but also in terms of the time and effort it takes to manage and maintain. The public cloud is typically the cheaper and easier option, but may come with questions regarding whether these options comply with industry and/or federal and state regulations and how secure and transparent these cloud services are. That drives businesses to opt for the hybrid cloud solution, which gives you the power to keep your most sensitive and closely-guarded data under your own roof, while taking advantage of the low-cost and convenience of the public cloud for less sensitive and unregulated data. What are some ways to securing your hybrid cloud solution?
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.
If there’s one technology that has taken the storage world by storm over recent years, it’s flash drives. Solid State Disks (or SSDs) have transformed the storage landscape, offering much higher I/O density (IOPS per TB of storage) than can be achieved with traditional hard drives. HDDs are obviously mechanical media, based on spinning platters, accessed by multiple read/write heads. The physical geometry of these devices means that they are more attuned to sequential than random workloads. It’s easy, for example to write data sequentially onto a disk track as the disk rotates past the head. What’s much harder for HDDs is to manage random I/O profiles that read data from physically disjoint parts of the drive, either on separate tracks or platters. Totally random read requests can slow a hard drive down to 120-200 IOPS, depending on the drive speed.
As cloud-based storage, computing, applications, and other products became mainstream, most cloud vendors foresaw a vast migration of enterprise storage and other IT needs moving from on-premise solutions to cloud-based solutions. This has happened, but not quite the way cloud service providers predicted. Enterprises (and, indeed, businesses of most all sizes) have instead opted for the hybrid cloud -- a blend of cloud-based storage and on-premise solutions that allows the business to carefully manage what data stays in house and what gets migrated offsite. Most enterprise "cloud" storage infrastructures are actually hybrid clouds. So, what are the best practices for managing your hybrid cloud environment? We break it down here to assure that your hybrid cloud solution is working optimally for your enterprise.
Whether you're shopping around for your first cloud storage service or are looking to replace your existing cloud vendor, there are some important questions you need to get answered before making a commitment. Don't sign on the dotted line until you know the answers to these critical questions. Here are 5 questions to ask your cloud storage provider.