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“Organizations that rush into cloud architectures without foresight often find themselves tangled in confusing and heavily siloed data infrastructures,” said Fore. “Rather than moving their data into one cloud, they realize they’ve pushed it onto several, disjointed clouds. This results in a costly dependence on bad infrastructure.”
Look Beyond the Storage
Storage managers can be so focused on the storage – understandably – that they forget the big picture. Edward Newman, Senior Director, Cloud and IT Transformation, Global Services at EMC, suggested that they don’t overlook the importance of a cloud operating model.
“For IT organizations to manage this effectively, they need to have service catalogs with both private and public cloud options, and supporting back-end automation of operational processes,” said Newman. “This positions IT as a value-added service broker to the enterprise, not just a provider of IT technology.”
This may seem a little schizophrenic, but just as storage managers must view the big picture, it can be a fatal error to lose sight of how the cloud might impact local storage, processing and memory resources.
“Fully understand the local performance requirements for each of the applications connected to cloud storage so you can ensure the availability of an adequate amount of on-site cache,” said Nicos Vekiarides, CEO and Co-Founder at TwinStrata. “Plan for the future by ensuring: a) the ability to migrate between clouds if necessary, b) that you aren't tied into expensive hardware that will quickly get outdated, and c) that the strategy will scale as your needs grow.”
Don’t Shy Away from Multiple Vendors
Fore made one final point: multi-vendor environments are here to stay. Some companies are searching for the perfect partner who can solve all their IT needs in one fell swoop. That goal may have appeared attainable in the 90’s even though it often proved unwieldy. But in a world of virtualization and the cloud, it is all but impossible to realize.
“Businesses will continue to own infrastructure that comes from several sources,” said Fore. “So look for strong data management, including the capability to virtualize and manage multi-vendor platforms. Your foresight will not only ease your short-term pain, but also pave the way to a true software-defined data center.”
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