Ben Treiber

Considering a Cloud Gateway? Mobilize your Data Infrastructure First

Cloud gateways are increasing in popularity because they make it more possible and practical to quickly implement a strategy to protect your data from a total site disaster and loss. They also provide for an encrypted link to your provider that relieves you of the burden to establish a VPN tunnel to protect your data in transit.

In the event of disaster, having access to data in the cloud increases your flexibility and agility in recovery by providing more options for disaster operations than you would otherwise have -with a conventional traditional brick-and-mortar style site and infrastructure.

Take the virtual path to the cloud

Cloud providers increasingly offer virtual appliances as cloud storage gateways.  These gateways are typically easy to deploy and manage, and they are also compatible and complementary with software defined storage (SDS) solutions.  And since they are virtual appliances, they can often be deployed to run alongside SDS whether they are in pure hyperconverged environments or not.

The SDS advantage for a cloud storage gateway

SDS abstraction enables you to simplify getting these gateways into the data path without disrupting or degrading operations capabilities.  Undertaking the process, or having already virtualized your stored data puts you in better position to evaluate and take advantage of these capabilities to explore the possibility and develop a strategy that is right for your organization.

Consider that data virtualization by SDS solutions such as SANsymphony (and Hyperconverged Virtual SAN) give you the ability to classify data into different categories of high or low value, so you can easily determine which data is worthy of storing in the cloud and which data is not. This helps you avoid the pitfalls from not provisioning the right types and amount of resources (1).

A more robust recovery and business continuity strategy

In addition, the failover and redundancy provided by data virtualization provides you with business continuance in the event of local storage device failure — events that often precede a pending disaster. At the same time you get d a higher level of disaster recovery by providing the ability to store data in multiple physical locations at once.

The advanced storage services provided by leading-edge SDS solutions, such as storage pooling and snapshotting, allow you to selectively control what, when, and how often data are synchronized to the cloud gateway without the need to disrupt (influence performance or coalesce applications) access to data.  These same services also give you with the ability to utilize and transfer between multiple cloud providers if your strategy  relies on the use of multiple cloud providers.

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DataCore Software continues to explore the capabilities of cloud storage by developing and proving the functionality of different use cases. Stay tuned for future blogs that will continue to explore this topic in more depth!

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Sources:

1. Information Week

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