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7. Need for Fast Provisioning

Few organizations have their act together when it comes to providing immediate service to departments who urgently need new storage. Instead, they tend to slow things down with the traditional pattern of budgeting, purchase orders, product selection, ordering of hardware, installation and provisioning. The cloud provides a way to bypass that.

“Public cloud enables agility and flexibility and should be in every organization's tool chest,” said Scott Adametz, product solutions architect at SwiftStack. “While in operations for different broadcasters, I remember spinning up R&D projects in Amazon to avoid the delays inherent with physical hardware budgeting, provisioning and configuration. I'd test for a few hours at a time and spin down between, saving money.”

8. Lack of In-House Resources

Irshad Raihan, senior principal, product marketing at Red Hat, brought up another reason to favor public cloud storage — lack of experience or in-house talent to deal with on-premise storage complexity. It might be simpler and cheaper to work out how to live with the public cloud rather than trying to recruit, train and manage an in-house team. If the existing IT infrastructure is aging, too, that can further tip the balance in favor of the public cloud.

9. Opex Budgeting

Some businesses like to control capital expenses (capex) and favor it in budgeting. Others take the view that it is best to minimize capex and translate everything into predictable operating expenses (opex). If the latter view holds, the public cloud may make the most sense.

“The public cloud is best for companies that prioritize operating expense over capital expenses, as they are not making investments in hardware, licenses and support,” said Raihan.

10. Apps in the Cloud

If apps have largely been migrated to the cloud, it may not make sense to then build or maintain a large in-house storage infrastructure.

“Another good user for public cloud storage is when you move your applications to the public cloud so the data is close to where the applications exist,” said Greg Schulz, an analyst at StorageIO Group.

11. High Peak Demand

Some businesses have a very predictable storage capacity rate. When they model capacity into the future, the predictions of when additional capacity will be needed and when bandwidth or throughput will be constrained are usually pretty accurate. But that’s far from everyone. Some businesses experience a once-a-year peak or a rare frenzy of activity.

For example, some businesses do half their annual turnover at Christmas. Other businesses may have a huge product launch which can triple traffic over night – yet is short lived. Another possible scenario is a business that sets up an event which has live video feeds and massive social media interactions for a few hours. These are some of the situations where the extra storage needed would lie unutilized for the bulk of the time.

“Public cloud storage can be leveraged for short-term peak storage demand spikes, allowing businesses to control their capex while gaining scalability and agility,” said Jason Pan, senior director, business development and product marketing at Promise Technology.

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