The way we store data is evolving, from the days of punch cards, magnetic tape, discs, solid state, and flash we have now arrived to having what is called cloud storage. A research from IDC shows that IT Infrastructure sales into the cloud has finally surpassed traditional IT environments for the first time in the third quarter of 2018.
With Cloud Storage being the new trend in the storage sector, it is no wonder that organizations are hopping on the bandwagon. Cloud storage boasts that it will ensure business continuity and scalability. However, when done in practice, the transition is nuanced due to reasons such as financial restraints and multi-generational IT infrastructures.
We should also still consider that even though there are newer technologies, some forms of the older technology for storage still retain their use cases depending on the industry. This is why even though cloud is seeing more usage lately, most companies are still between different storage solutions so that they can determine which data should be moved to the cloud and which can stay on premise, a hybrid cloud approach.
Moving to the Cloud needs to be well thought-out
Although many companies are currently adopting a hybrid cloud approach, Gartner predicts almost 90% of companies will be on a hybrid-cloud infrastructure by 2020, many are still struggling to find the right balance. Research from backup solutions vendor, Arcserve, found that 64% of respondents believe that it hasn’t gotten easier to safeguard business critical data compared to 5 years ago. This is despite all the technological advancement we’ve had throughout the years; the problem is still the same for them. This means that finding the right technology is only the first step, you will also need a proper process and team who will help you with the transition to a cloud-based system while not neglecting the on-site system. This is key if you want to ensure continuity in the current global environment filled with cyber threats and multi-platform integration.
Therefore, it is advisable that you take your time when attempting to move your data to the cloud. This should be done with the help of those who can help you deliberate which data would benefit from moving to the cloud and staying on premise. You will need the help of a provider who will make sure that the solutions that you have are considered while also looking into your best interest when it comes to cost you will incur.
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