Data is being captured everywhere today, from the world’s most advanced supercomputers to the lightbulbs in your home. As a result, petabyte-scale computing is increasingly common, with significant ramifications across the infrastructure layer. And despite being built for scale, the public cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure alone simply can’t keep up.
Petabyte-scale computing requires a new approach. With Platina Systems, you can have all the benefits of the public cloud in a private cloud, with simpler management and controlled costs.
The Petabyte Scale Problem
As more and more data is being generated, more and more organizations are finding themselves with massive data sets. Oftentimes this data just sits in cold archives, where it generates zero value for the business.
Organizations need to catalog, access, process and analyze this data to unlock its value and create new opportunities for innovation. But how?
Tape-based archives are fragile and need periodic technology updates. On-premises storage solutions have untenable costs at petabyte scale. Public cloud providers charge punitive data egress fees that can far exceed costs of data storage. And homegrown, do-it-yourself approaches can’t scale or adapt to future business needs.
Tape and on-premises storage
By keeping their archives on premises while migrating other workloads to the public cloud over the past decade-plus, organizations have moved their data storage and compute away from each other, which creates friction in the long run.
Cold storage might be cheap, but it traps the value of the data. The ongoing accumulation of data and the subsequent pull of data gravity prevents the cost-effective movement of data for processing.
And the required technology updates for tape can take months or even years. If, for example, an organization built its petabyte-scale archive on LTO 4, by the time the project is completed, at least one new LTO release has already happened.
The public cloud may seem like the best alternative, but it can’t meet all objectives either. For many data-heavy workloads, the public cloud is an entangled web of hidden costs that continue to grow as massive amounts of data flood its servers.
Cloud providers charge you to access your data — and they do so in a way that’s hard to track, so you often don’t know how much you’ve spent until it’s too late. These costs add up, and they grow alongside your data as it scales.
Even the cost of initially moving to the public cloud — often cited as one of the main benefits of cloud — can hurt your bottom line. When factoring in the costs of redesigning business processes, training staff and making other adjustments, only 20% of applications clearly meet the business case for moving to the cloud, according to CIMI Corp.
Converged and hyperconverged systems alone don’t work because they can’t meet petabyte-scale storage requirements. Scale-out storage can, but it becomes too complex to manage.
Public cloud providers have gone to great lengths to streamline the provisioning and management of storage infrastructure by homogenizing, automating, simplifying, and eliminating state through Infrastructure as Code. But on premises, those systems don’t exist, leaving IT departments to implement do-it-yourself solutions. Organizations become saddled with technical debt and unable to grow cost-effectively.
How to Achieve Petabyte Scale
In successful petabyte-scale computing, massive datasets are readily available for processing, analysis and review, with ample compute located near cost-effective storage. And you can design, run, redesign and rerun your workflows with ease — think of what continuous improvement and continuous delivery pipelines have done for development, but for data.
Platina makes it possible, enabling you to deliver business value with your data.
With Platina Command Center, you can have a fully orchestrated IT environment, with the integrated tools, systems and resources you need to scale your business. Create a private cloud that has all the benefits of the public cloud and more, including controlled costs and simplified management for petabyte scale computing.
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