The enterprise has been at the center of IT innovation for many decades. With an emphasis on reliability, business continuity, security and ROI, the enterprise has challenged software and hardware vendors to continuously innovate to meet such high demands.

The Cloud is the New Data Center

Cloud services are built in a way that are self-managing, self-organizing and self-protecting, enabling new levels of resiliency, automation and scale. Even tried and tested enterprise systems such as relational databases and block storage have been replaced by NoSQL databases and object storage.

The innovation in cloud computing has resulted in a new and better way to build data centers. The pace of cloud innovation has outstripped that of traditional enterprise IT, fueled by large companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix and others open sourcing their cloud software and hardware designs.

Innovation Shifts to the Cloud

In the last decade we have seen a shift in innovation from the enterprise towards cloud computing or, simply, the cloud. The cloud started out as a business model built around outsourcing IT infrastructure. By leveraging economies of scale, multi-tenancy, and resource pooling, cloud providers have built mega-scale cost-efficient data centers with the promise of passing cost savings back to enterprises.

The cloud quickly evolved beyond its original goal of cost reduction into a completely new approach for building software and hardware systems. At its heart is a reliance on commodity hardware and shared resources rather than dedicated infrastructure silos common in traditional enterprise data centers.

The Shift to Hybrid and Private Clouds

Yet despite the benefits, the majority of enterprises have been hesitant in making a wholesale move to the public cloud. Some have moved non-production workloads or non-mission critical applications, while others have opted to extend parts of their workloads to the cloud. Concerns over security, privacy, sovereignty, compliance, and performance – among others – continue to inhibit a wholesale move to the cloud.

Instead, enterprises are implementing hybrid cloud or private cloud solutions. With such deployments the enterprise is able to achieve the benefits without having to compromise security, privacy, and performance. Hybrid and private clouds will likely become the biggest platform shift in the history of enterprise IT.

CLOUD AS A TIER IN YOUR STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE

Here at Quantum we are excited by these changes. In the last few years we’ve made a number of investments in cloud technologies, including Lattus – our high-performance on-premise object store that serves as a private cloud foundation – and Symform’s unique cloud storage and sync & share solution.

Today, we are announcing three more cloud offerings. Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault enable customers to easily and seamlessly add public cloud storage to their existing storage and collaboration workflows. The combined on-premise and cloud solution offers the best combination of performance and cost–efficiency. In a similar manner, Q-Cloud Protect for AWS enables customers to extend data protection and disaster recovery to the cloud, taking advantage of an inherent offsite target and a pay-as-you-go model.

Look for additional hybrid and private cloud solutions from Quantum throughout the next year.  We believe that the industry is witnessing a transformational shift in enterprise IT, and we are excited to be a part of it.

Learn More About Quantum’s New Cloud Services

See the roadmap for Quantum’s new cloud services and read more about Quantum’s application-centric approach to the cloud.

Discover how to create a managed archive in the cloud LTO tape technology and Q-Cloud Archive.

View the Q-Cloud Protect video and see how an on-premise Quantum DXi deduplication appliance replicates on-site data to the cloud.

Backup and disaster recovery are great applications for the cloud, or more specifically for cloud-based services. Visit the cloud-based data protection solution page to see how it’s done.

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