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6. Resistance is Futile
As the Borg might say if an episode of "Star Trek" were devoted to the onslaught of the cloud, “Resistance is Futile.” As time goes on, more and more applications are going to be coded to smoothly function in the cloud or integrate with it.
“Every day, more and more applications are refactoring for cloud storage APIs, or are improving their support for cloud storage as a target,” said Joe Arnold, founder and chief product officer, SwiftStack. “This evolution enables organizations to move more and more of their data over time to cloud storage.”
7. Take the Two-Way Street
“As workload and data governance requirements change, customers need to be able to move data to different places in the cloud,” said Ingo Fuchs, senior manager, hybrid cloud solutions, NetApp. “Movement to the cloud is not a one way street – data has to flow into the cloud and back.”
8. Use Consistent Management Tools
Fuchs also called attention to consistent management. It’s all very well to have some data in the cloud and other data on-site. But IT doesn’t want to have to deal with cumbersome processes when it comes to managing that data. Consistency is the key.
“Users need to be able to manage data consistently across clouds and move data between clouds – including on-premises deployments, hosted clouds and multiple public or hyperscaler clouds,” said Fuchs.
9. Examine Ingest Options
Not everyone has access to superfast network connections. This can cause a major bottleneck for anyone wishing to utilize the public cloud. Dominic Preuss, group product manager for storage, Google Cloud Platform, said a poor network connection means it can take a long time to move data. That is why public cloud storage vendors offer a number of ways to ingest your data. Preuss mentioned offline ingest as one way around this problem. Various services are available such as Network Connect (carrier and direct peering) and Google Cloud Storage Transfer Service.
10. Start Small
Preuss’ biggest tip for someone beginning to move to cloud storage is to start small. Pick a small well-defined workload, he said, that lends itself well to public cloud such as offsite backups and migrate that workload first. Measure the results and learn from the experience to see which other workloads would be suitable to migrate.
“Get your hands dirty as there can be subtle differences between cloud vendors, so experiment with a small workload on multiple cloud vendors,” said Preuss. “You will quickly learn a lot about each vendor’s approach once you start to use their interfaces and tools. Things like network performance and complexity of pricing can be hard to fully grasp until you try a similar workload on multiple vendors.”
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