Scaling application performance and managing storage growth are on every infrastructure architect’s mind. How these things are addressed within the data center can lead to some tough choices — expansion on premises, expansion into the cloud while maintaining existing resources, or expanding into the cloud while consolidated on-premises compute and storage. Two out of the three options require the building of a hybrid infrastructure that includes both cloud and traditional network-attached storage (NAS).
So what are the benefits of choosing a hybrid path? While our list greater than these five, we’re going to break this topic down into two posts. Let’s look at the first five benefits hybrid cloud for data centers.
- Maintain business focus. With every infrastructure expansion, more needs managed and maintained. Expansion into the cloud, whether public or private, can reduce data center operations costs and provide flexibility to turn off and turn on based on business needs. We’ve often heard clients come to use and say, “We need to get out of the data center business.” These CIOs are realizing that they can provide more value to their companies by enabling their teams to focus on what’s important.
- Protecting investments. Enabling the use of the cloud doesn’t require a forklift upgrade. It also can be done without touching the usefulness or life of your existing data center hardware or networking gear. You’re not replacing any gear already purchased. You also don’t have to make any major changes operationally to gain the benefits. Your existing NAS operations can simply “carry on”, while you look to take new workflows into the cloud environment.
- Keep it simple. You have the ability to keep it simple, by supplying a familiar NAS access to the foreign cloud. You’ll want to have a consistent look at your storage resources to make your life easier. When you expand your data center into the hybrid cloud with the use of a global namespace, you can deliver this familiarity to users and applications without additional training or application overhauls. You get a holistic look at your environment and can easily keep it all in check.
- Performance doesn’t suffer. Many worry about performance when considering the cloud, but, for most workflows, the stress is unfounded. Using FXT Edge filers to track patterns of file access and cache those that are in-demand next to the clients using them, the latency you’d expect from the cloud is mitigated. Data stays put until its access patterns decrease. This performance tier takes the load off of the storage, whether it is on-prem NAS, private object storage, or even in the public cloud.
- Easily scale with demand. Application performance demands certainly don’t go down. Now, instead of scrambling to meet requirements, you’ll be ready with the resources you need. You can easily scale your FXT node clusters from three to fifty nodes and leverage cloud or lower cost object storage for additional capacity.
All of that and it’s just half of the list! Expanding resources into the cloud is quickly becoming the first choice when additional resources are needed. Companies are open to maintaining what they have instead of expanding. Cloud offers ease and simplicity that can make business nimbler, adding flexibility to pay for what they use instead of supporting an ever-growing environment.
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