How combining a physical storage environment with the cloud is a flexible, cost-saving hybrid option
Cloud has moved the dial on the storage world forever and it has become a priority for firms across the globe.
However, this is not to suggest that legacy physical storage environments do not still have a place. An IDC report, The Future of Hybrid IT Made Simple, found that 90% of interviewees said that their firms currently utilise a hybrid IT strategy.
The hybrid solution of combining the physical with the cloud is a storage option which carries plenty of its own benefits.
There are two cost factors to having a hybrid physical and cloud storage environment. Firstly, it can be a costly process to switch from the physical to the cloud. Gradually adding cloud storage in a hybrid model with physical storage keeps costs down.
Secondly, not having to continue further investment in physical storage as the firm is now utilising cloud storage enables cost reductions on storage.
For example, firms using HPE SimpliVity, which is designed for a hybrid IT environment, has always-on compression and deduplication which enables capacity cost savings.
Businesses will have data that will have differing levels of security measures needed to protect them. For example, personal data and financial information will be a high priority. Having hybrid physical storage alongside cloud enables the business to make a decision about where best to store this data based on security consideration.
This consideration will include which is the most secure place to store certain data, how certain regulations inform where a firm should store data, and how the firm wants to access this data.
HPE’s Gen10 servers use HPE Secure Compute Lifecycle which offers malware detection and firmware recovery and works alongside a hybrid option.
It is not always possible or practical for firms to retire traditional, on-premises storage still running mission-critical workloads. The cloud is not simply a baton that can be picked up overnight.
As such, a hybrid approach gives firms the ability to take a transitional approach to storage and move to the cloud in their own time as physical systems continue to do their job.
Help is at hand on the transition too, with HPE Cloud Volumes available to avoid slow, manual migrations by offering the ability to backup between the data centre and multiple clouds.
Having a hybrid physical and cloud storage environment does not mean that firms will become more sluggish in the process.
Indeed, there can be speed advantages of this hybrid approach for firms because the physical and the cloud do not need to exist in silos. Using a central storage management system enables both to be managed in rapid time.
Finally, time-consuming manual processes are the bane of many firms. However, it is possible to introduce automation to cure this ill.
This can be achieved with software-enabled automation that works across the physical and cloud environment. For example, HPE OneView has a built-in infrastructure automation engine designed with software intelligence.
HPE has a product stable of hybrid IT-focused solutions that operate in a physical and cloud storage environment. Head here to learn more.