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).
Topics: Hybrid Cloud NAS
As the ability of accessing large computing environments eases with the use of cloud, more and more companies are facing storage challenges in high performance computing (HPC) workloads. As innovation brings larger projects to IT infrastructure, managers are faced with performance, capacity, and budget issues. So how can storage bottlenecks be prevented?
Last week in San Diego, leaders in life science research came together to discuss the convergence of science and information technology. Converged IT Summit, hosted by joint efforts between Cambridge HealthTech and BioTeam, presented opportunities to not only network with peers and carefully selected vendors, but discuss how data is being used to deliver on research missions. Not surprisingly, with $1 billion in play, the hot topic was preparation to act on the United States' initiative for transitioning cancer from life-threatening disease to one that can be maintained without harsh immune system impairing treatments.
In marketing, we talk about product lifecycles and most often, the theory of diffusion of innovations is used to explain market growth, shifts, and declines. This theory, developed by Everett Rogers, attempts to explain how innovations are communicated among people in a social system. Others have attempted to bring forth modified ideas, like Malcom Gladwell in The Tipping Point, but despite being introduced in 1962, Rogers theory continues to hold its own, especially when looking at his “categories of adopters.”
Topics: Financial Analysis
When one thinks of healthcare IT, visions of doctors and nursing typing away on laptops mounted on wheeled carts comes to mind. Lately, to improve personalized service, hospitals have shifted these stations to “charting rooms” that look like a cramped college computer lab from the 90s, before every kid had a computer in their dorm room. However, healthcare IT that supports research looks very different. As innovative research into personalized and precision medicine increases, how these two opposed arms of the same system operate becomes of increasing focus.
Information technology groups for the finance sector are unique in many ways, perhaps mostly regarding the need to make quick decisions using very large sets of data. Top performance can quickly position a company just right for market conditions. Like other industries, many financial services companies are turning to the cloud to increase computing capacity, but deciding how and when to use it continues to be topic of debate. In a few weeks, we will test the pulse of cloud adoption at the FIA Futures & Option Expo in Chicago to determine what has changed in financial services firms.
Last year at FIA, a panel openly discussed use of the cloud. In it, a few key points were summarized:
- While cloud services were being heavily leveraged, the participating panelists supported a hybrid infrastructure model so that workloads demanding ultra low-response times (microseconds) could run “on-metal”.
- Amazon Web Services users dominated the panel, with little mention of secondary or alternatives being tested.
- Panelists overwhelmingly agreed that cloud security was likely better than that of their in-house data centers.
Last Tuesday we officially announced a new product, the Avere C2N system. Since the announcement, we have been busy briefing industry experts who had many questions, but overall were very enthusiastic about the ease and simplicity of the product, citing the difficulty for most organizations to roll their own storage and the hesitation of enterprises to abandon exisiting investments for public and private clouds. C2N makes room for both the current and the future in one system.
What is the Avere C2N System?
In case you missed it, C2N is a built-for-the-cloud NAS system that includes an all-Flash performance tier as well as an object-based capacity tier. Here's a quick video explaining the system and three important benefits.
Companies have many options for object storage these days, but the list narrows when this object storage needs to fit in enterprise-scale IT. While it may seem the market is overcrowded, many still struggle with finding the right fit.
As an early cloud solution vendor with a foundation in NAS, Avere has spent some time talking to customers about object storage strategies. While small and medium-sized businesses are finding some compelling option for allow shifting to object storage, those with more demanding and complex IT needs are struggling to make decisions, are finding themselves in situations where expectations are falling short, or simply are waiting for the dust to settle and a more palatable solution to present itself.
Market forces and increased volatility are challenging financial service organizations to make changes that allow for operational efficiencies. How companies go about doing that varies widely, but the once shunned idea of using cloud service providers is becoming more and more attractive. Cloud resources can change the possibilities with nearly unlimited compute resources minutes away from deployment.
This article originally appeared in modified form on Cloud Computing Today as a guest blog post on August 29, 2016.
THE ART OF THE CLOUD WARS
Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu once wrote that battles are won or lost before they are ever fought, but can the same be said for the cloud wars? Though many industry thought leaders have made predictions, the future of how the battle between public cloud providers will unfold remains hazy. Despite documented projections that global IT spending will fall in 2016, investment in public cloud services is expected to grow 16% this year, fueling the fire of the on-going war. Most industry experts agree that AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud Services are the key players to watch, however many CIOs still struggle with determining which cloud service provider is right for them.