Hybrid Cloud – is the Destination (not the Journey)

Hybrid Cloud – is the Destination (not the Journey)
By Lizelle Hughes, Solutions and Alliances Manager, NetApp Australia

So, why does a traditional storage vendor, like NetApp, embrace the Cloud?

There is no doubt that Mobile and Cloud are the biggest market disruptors in the industry today. The Smartphone puts an amazing amount of information and services in the hands of a consumer. And, Cloud infrastructure solutions brings a tremendous amount of agility to enterprises. With agility comes (some) loss of control… loss of control of where the data resides, security of the data, cost of moving the data and so much more. So, is there some middle ground to enjoy the benefits of an agile IT as a Service environment and maintain some degree of control?

Hybrid Cloud architectures appear to be the answer! Fundamentally, this means some IT services are in-house and some are provided “as a service” from a Cloud provider. Hybrid is perhaps not an interim step to get to an “All IT in the Cloud” model. It is not the journey. It is the Destination…. Most large IT departments will have some IT services provided and managed by an in-house IT Department, and some provided from the cloud.

Hybrid Cloud architectures can also include:

  • Ability to move workloads and data across multiple cloud providers
  • ½ in, ½ out – i.e. for a single workload, computing in the cloud that connects to data outside/ next to cloud
  • Combination of services used by the enterprise, such as IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
  • Production on-premise and Backup & Archive in the cloud
  • Production on-premise and Disaster Recovery (DR) in the cloud (or vice versa)
  • Extending on-premise security solutions to the cloud
  • Extending on-premise identity solutions to the cloud

Data is at the centre of a Hybrid Cloud architecture. Data is the most important corporate asset. And, data management and control is the most important consideration when deciding where to put your data.

NetApp data management solutions can help with the first 5 items above

Product/ Solution

Benefits

Enterprise storage next to the cloud, located in a co-lo – with NetApp Private Storage for <Cloud Vendor>

Derive all the benefits of Cloud “Computing” – without putting your data in the cloud (just next to the Cloud)

Enterprise storage inside the public cloud, via Cloud OnTap – available as an AMI inside the AWS Cloud

Derive all the benefits of Enterprise Storage array features in a public cloud e.g. snapshots, replication,

Secure movement and storage of Backup and Archive data in the public cloud, via SteelStore

Securely move backup and archive data to the public cloud

Data has gravity. It is hard to move terabytes and petabytes of data. Yet, the actual data (not the infrastructure) is the most important asset in the game. Hybrid Cloud architectures offer customers choice. It is all about flexibility for customers to choose where they put their most important and sensitive asset.

For customers, the NetApp message is simple: Your Data. Your Choice. Your Control.

As Cloud Computing ramps up in Australia, hybrid cloud architectures emerge the winner. Most customers will choose a specific workload or application to move to the cloud… and a hybrid cloud solution offers flexibility in architecting that workload.

Next stop in this journey? Managing data across multiple clouds. From Hybrid Cloud to Multi-Cloud.