The advent of cloud computing has spawned a whole new set of choices for the placement of corporate data. Cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft Azure and IBM Softlayer provide easy to access Cloud storage at an affordable cost. There are many things to consider with cloud storage including: what data should be put in the cloud (considering access, performance, compliance), what data should not be put in the cloud, how to track and manage the cloud environment, security requirements, and cost.
A common assumption is that cloud storage costs less than on premise storage – this is not always true. Unless the right data is selected for cloud placement, it can lead to higher costs and more complex data/application management.
As with most new technologies, Cloud storage is not for everyone or every application. An automated tool to analyze data usage patterns can save you days to weeks of manual effort in order to collect and organize information for storage placement decisions. Visual Storage Intelligence provides cross vendor storage reporting and analytics. Storage management data from on premise and cloud storage is collected, analyzed, refined, rolled-up, and reported by VSI. Cloud storage accounts from Amazon and Azure are treated like separate storage devices so trending can be integrated into enterprise storage reports. Trends are also kept by individual account.
View the complete Cloud Storage Management paper at the link below to access insights on the many considerations when moving to cloud storage and how VSI can make the placement and management of cloud data a simple process with:
- Automated Data usage Analysis for all Corporate Data
- Identify specific data for movement to the cloud
- Detailed forecasting
- Automated storage data collection from on premise and cloud storage environments
- Integrated Reporting and Trend Analysis – Cloud and On-Premise Storage
- Capacity Planning & Forecasting
- For individual Cloud accounts
- For the entire enterprise
- For specific business units