How Can Cloud Storage Support a More Intelligent Enterprise Storage Future?
With storage requirements of enterprises growing at an ever-increasing rate with vast amounts of both structured and unstructured data, companies must learn to examine different approaches and tools to manage the data storage to create cost savings and efficiencies in data management while protecting vital data assets.
We define three kinds of cloud storage providers at this juncture: storage-as-a-service (SaaS) and bulk capacity storage, cloud gateway appliances, and hybrid storage providers. We discuss how to move from initial usage of volume shifting bulk capacity through to a more complex cloud storage strategy, including hybrid cloud usage.
The field of vendors is crowded and diverse, including private, public and hybrid cloud storage offerings. Companies must begin with cloud storage for tactical cost savings while keeping a more intelligence and policy-based future in mind.
Purpose and Intent
This market overview looks at how organizations can begin to manage their data both internally and externally in the cloud to minimize economic costs and maximize data usage as an asset for enterprise success. Readers should gain an understanding of storage technology and process activities to achieve a strategic storage management plan.