Essential Guide

Primary data storage options for the cloud

Cloud storage use cases are beginning to vary, and cloud is now considered a good primary data storage option. This Essential Guide shows effective implementations and best practices for storing valuable data in the cloud.

Introduction

Performance and security issues limited the cloud's usefulness for primary storage since the start, and not all of these problems have been resolved. Even though backup and archive are still go-to uses for the cloud, it doesn't mean the cloud can't be a primary data storage option.

Both cloud and storage vendors are evolving so that they are more tightly integrated and offer more features -- meaning they're a better option when it comes to near-line data. For example, the performance of object technology has been steadily improving with caching and workload prioritization features. On the other hand, cloud-integrated appliances can provide a level of performance similar to local storage while also providing the scalability of the cloud. But there are a number of options when it comes to primary data storage in the cloud, and making the right implementation choices is critical.

That's why we compiled this Essential Guide to help you determine whether cloud is a good option for your primary data storage. You'll find tips and advice from experts regarding how cloud storage is improving, what types of cloud storage are best suited for primary data, and best practices for implementation and management if you do decide to put your most important data in the cloud.

1Planning-

Determining whether the cloud is right for your primary data

For storage professionals who might still be wary of putting their primary data storage in the cloud, the following expert tips explain why it's becoming a more acceptable practice. Find out how cloud technologies have been evolving and which types of data are most appropriate to store there.

Podcast

Cloud storage improvements make it a primary storage option

Analyst Arun Taneja explains how evolving technology can make primary data storage in the cloud possible, despite the fact that IT pros are often hesitant to do so. Continue Reading

Tip

Public cloud storage options: Determining what data to move

Learn how service-level agreements and security issues come into play when selecting suitable workloads and use cases for a public cloud environment. Continue Reading

Podcast

Hybrid clouds, colocation are best for primary data storage

Cloud storage can be a tricky proposition for primary data, but using a hybrid model or colocation helps overcome some of the issues. Continue Reading

Tip

Three ways the cloud can be used as primary storage

While the cloud is most often used as a secondary location to store data, using it as the primary storage location for these types of data can be beneficial. Continue Reading

Tip

What to know before choosing a cloud provider

If you're planning on storing primary data in the cloud, be sure you know the specifics of the features and service levels of a provider. Ask these seven questions to get all the information. Continue Reading

2Implementation-

Top implementations for primary data storage in the cloud

Cloud gateways, object technology and hybrid clouds are all options when it comes to primary data storage, but which one works best? It often comes down to how the data that is being stored there will be used. To help determine which cloud implementation is the most effective, the links below give an overview into how the different options work.

Answer

Cloud and object become suitable for primary data

Expert Marc Staimer explains how object storage and cloud technologies have evolved into options that can be a good fit for primary data. Continue Reading

Podcast

Cloud-based near-line data storage adds features

Cloud-based options for near-line data storage now have features such as erasure coding, making them Hadoop-ready and appropriate for big data. Continue Reading

Tip

Considerations for cloud gateway use for primary data

Cloud gateways are making primary storage use cases feasible, but not without some challenges. Continue Reading

Feature

Primary data begins to find its place in hybrid clouds

Hybrid cloud storage appliances hold promise for primary data and address concerns about network outages, latency, security, bandwidth and data transfer fees. Continue Reading

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Cloud-integrated storage bridges on-premises storage and cloud

Cloud-integrated storage appliances allow hybrid storage configurations that link data center storage with cost-effective, scalable cloud storage. Continue Reading

3Best Practices -

Keeping your primary data storage safe in the cloud

Storing primary data in the cloud means it's critical the data is secure and accessible. You should keep tabs on a cloud provider's service-level agreements, uptime and security. In addition, there are technology-specific best practices to keep in mind that help ensure security and reduce latency for your cloud primary data storage.

Tip

Maintaining a secure cloud for primary data storage

According to George Crump, as long as storage professionals understand encryption and authentication, the cloud is just as secure as any data center. Continue Reading

Podcast

What to expect when storing near-line data in the cloud

Learn how various cloud storage options allow for document collaboration and what service levels to expect when using it for primary data. Continue Reading

Tip

Making cloud and object storage work for your primary data

When the RESTful API, the most common method for getting data to and from object storage, isn't an option, CIS systems can work as an alternative. Continue Reading

Feature

Replacing on-premises storage with the cloud

Cloud storage is cheaper, expands endlessly and needs little attention. But how much data can a company realistically park in the cloud? Continue Reading

Tip

Hybrid clouds provide the best of public and private

Hybrid clouds are gaining acceptance as an option for primary data. With three ways to build a hybrid cloud, learn which integration method is best. Continue Reading

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