Choosing Which Secondary Data to Migrate to the Cloud – Part 1: Disaster Recovery

As I noted in an earlier blog, customers planning to move data applications (e.g., backup and archive) to the cloud must consider five key factors in selecting and migrating data. These are: Ongoing data transfer volume, expected frequency of ongoing data usage, data recall performance requirements, and application integration. In the next several blogs, I’d like to illustrate the importance of these factors by illustrating how they impact your design and planning as you migrate a few common data use cases to the cloud. The four use cases we’ll consider are: Site disaster recovery, data center off-site copy (for backup), compliance archive, remote site primary, archive and backup and ongoing management. Let’s start by looking at central site disaster recovery.

Keep It Simple: The Cloud is Just Another Tier

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the launch of Quantum’s new cloud-related services and products – Q-Cloud Archive, Q-Cloud Vault and Q-Cloud Protect for AWS. I participated by joining some panel discussions with Quantum’s Geoff Stedman, Senior Vice President, StorNext Solutions, and Bassam Tabbara, Executive Director, Cloud Services. One of the over-riding themes in our panel discussion was the idea of putting data where it makes the most sense from a cost and performance perspective. If this sounds a lot like the good --well, not really – old days of hierarchical storage management (HSM), that’s because the basic concept is the same. One of the differences today is that we now have the cloud as another tier in the storage hierarchy.

Cloud Innovation is Transforming the Traditional Data Center

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. Today, we are announcing three more cloud offerings: Q-Cloud Archive, Q-Cloud Vault and Q-Cloud Protect for AWS. We believe that the industry is witnessing a transformational shift in enterprise IT, and we are excited to enable customers to easily and seamlessly add cloud storage to their existing storage and collaboration workflows.