Cloud vendors, like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure, all offer a variety of cloud services, ranging from high-performance, SSD-based capacity, to long-latency archive storage, at prices ranging from high to relatively low. But most applications have a variety of I/O needs, from latency-sensitive metadata updates, to bandwidth sucking backups. No single cloud storage service is ideal.Application developers know this, and often perform unnatural acts in their code to overcome cloud storage deficits. Two major issues are cost/performance tradeoffs, and inelastic deployment boundaries. Cost/performance tradeoffs The storage hierarchy - in simpler times DRAM, disk, and tape - reflects the tradeoffs. Fast storage is expensive, and cheap storage is slow. To accommodate varying workloads, enteprise storage arrays move data adaptively, transferring hot data to fast caches, and moving cool data off to disk, or in some cases, all the way to a cloud … [Read more...] about Can cloud storage replace your onsite storage?
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Cloud storage company Cloudian has raised $94 million in a fifth round of equity funding for its distributed file systems and object storage business for enterprise customers. This kind of hybrid cloud and on-premise storage system is great for storing unstructured data such as video, audio, and digital art assets. It’s a lot of money, but it’s also part of a big market. The worldwide enterprise storage market grew by 34.4 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018, reaching over $42 billion in annualized revenue, according to market researcher IDC. The round includes participation from investors Digital Alpha, Fidelity Eight Roads, Goldman Sachs, INCJ, Japan Post Investment, Lenovo, NTT Docomo Ventures, and WS Investments. San Mateo, California-based Cloudian will use this investment, which is the largest single round to date for a distributed file systems and object storage provider, to expand its worldwide sales and marketing efforts and … [Read more...] about Cloudian raises $94 million for hybrid cloud storage in enterprises
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2018--Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) and Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) today expanded their alliance to empower enterprise developers to run container-based applications across Microsoft Azure and on-premises. With this collaboration, the companies will introduce the first jointly managed OpenShift offering in the public cloud, combining the power of Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, and Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud."Gartner predicts that, by 2020, more than 50% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production, up from less than 20% today." 1With organizations turning to containerized applications and Kubernetes to drive digital transformation and help address customer, competitive, and market demands, they need solutions to easily orchestrate and manage these applications, across the public cloud and on-premises. Red Hat OpenShift on Azure … [Read more...] about Red Hat and Microsoft Co-Develop the First Red Hat OpenShift Jointly Managed Service on a Public Cloud
In my conversations with the #CIOChat over the last couple of years, it is clear that in the next three years, on-premises will become more the exception as SaaS and public cloud obtain a majority of computing workloads. Given this, I wanted to get these CIO’s take on what is needed for public cloud vendors to become "enterprise grade." As you can imagine, the CIOs thinking here should probably impact public cloud vendor’s strategic plans. What CIOs want from public cloud vendors in terms of performance and scalability?CIOs want many things. What they want depends on the workloads that are considering putting in the public cloud. They want, in general, a well-articulated disaster recovery and business continuity plan. CIOs complained that some cloud providers answer, “Everything is fine. We’re in the cloud”. CIOs want instead single pane management for business continuity, disaster recovery, and security. As well, they want the performance and … [Read more...] about How can public cloud providers become ‘enterprise grade?’
Public cloud services are evolving from cost-cutting technologies to enablers of business agility. More than a way to cease operating data centers, the public cloud affords CIOs the ability to focus on more strategic projects — namely, digital transformations aimed at boosting the bottom line.Whether that means building a mobile app or analyzing data to strengthen customer engagement, these shifts signal how strategic the public cloud has become. But CIOs also view the cloud as a way to build software faster by embracing agile, DevOps and design-thinking philosophies. Fueled by these technology trends, the global public cloud market will grow at a 22 percent compound annual growth rate this year to $178 billion, according to Forrester Research.IT leaders shared with CIO.com their business drivers, experiences, and lessons learned in moving to the public cloud. Many also offered some practical advice or lessons learned for CIOs looking to the make a strategic shift to the public … [Read more...] about Public cloud: Real-world lessons of strategic success