Every day, businesses prove that data holds tremendous value when captured, stored, and leveraged to its full extent—an increasingly difficult task in a rapidly changing multi-cloud, multi-edge world.
The explosion in data creation, coupled with the increasing need to mobilize and analyze it at unprecedented volume and speed provide a complex backdrop. Meanwhile, resource scarcity and technology limitations exacerbate enterprise pain points as IT architecture and data management practices evolve to capitalize on the enormous opportunity to put more data to work.
Seagate, in partnership with IDC surveyed over 1,500 respondents globally from mid-size to larger enterprises for their report, “Rethink Data – Put More of Your Business Data to Work – From Edge to Cloud.” In the report, CIOs, CTOs, IT VPs, COO/LOBs, storage architects, and solution architects reveal insights into how businesses approach their data management challenges and the new ways to gain business value from a plethora of data being generated from the edge to the cloud.
Chapter three specifically focuses on the inflexibility of the public cloud once an enterprise reaches scale. While the public cloud can be an efficient catalyst to validate a project, once it reaches scale, data gravity effects can be detrimental due to large and unpredictable charges for storing, accessing, and moving that data.
From the report:
Enterprises often struggle with access to some of their data that resides in the public cloud. They also have a hard time with moving data out of the cloud—not to mention the fees that come with the retrieval.
This can stand in the way of deriving optimum value from data in the public cloud context—because to be valuable, data has to move.
As a result, enterprises increasingly mix up their storage options, choosing to manage data in the multicloud ecosystem.
Multicloud means the use of more than one public cloud, which is orchestrated through data management. It may also include a private cloud component. In practice, multicloud can mean that an enterprise houses some data in public clouds and some in on-prem private clouds.
Repatriating some data to private cloud ensures a mesh of benefits from private cloud and from the multicloud ecosystem.
Private cloud offers the following advantages:
- Predictable economics at scale, which are under an enterprise’s control.
- IP ownership, protection, and control of where that data physically resides. This is useful, for example, in cases of data that needs a clear audit trail or must comply with regulatory requirements.
- Frequent access to large data sets. This is advantageous because storage becomes very expensive when businesses need to read and analyze the data frequently.
- Compliance with regard to sensitive data sets. For example, life-critical data that requires a certain provider’s and patient’s locality, as well as compliance with laws and regulations such as HIPAA and GDPR.
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