With data growing at an exponential rate, it is essential for every business to keep in mind the key parameters to reduce their TCO and to make their storage solution affordable, manageable and be able to extract value from their stored data. A Gartner survey found that nearly 46% of business data is stored outside the firewall and a percentile of it in mobile devices. With the cloud storing a major portion of the data, it is no surprise that the latest cloud computing solutions offer new levels of collaboration, agility, speed, and cost savings for enterprises of any size or type. Cloud computing is fast evolving from a futuristic technology into an alternative that is commercially feasible for companies on the look-out for a cost-effective storage and server solution.
The increase in data volumes results in an increase in the network investments, and with the cloud is being the answer to all CIO’s IT woes, making storage in the cloud enterprise ready is critical. It is vital for every business to reduce TCO by using scalable platforms that cater to evolving business demands, implement open source solutions, and move to data center providers who can provide rapid scale without drastically increasing TCO and without compromising performance or reliability.
The real challenge lies in finding ways to extract the intrinsic value of data from the most critical as well as the unstructured volumes of data being generated by the enterprise. Enterprises are looking for suitable hybrid cloud storage models to keep most sensitive data private and other data in the public domain so that it can be easily accessed. With the number of technological solutions for private and public clouds growing fast, it has become essential for enterprises to partner with highly experienced cloud-solution providers who have the expertise to guide them through choices in cloud infrastructure, applications, and services.
Choosing the right solution
Looking for the right solution is no mean feat. CIOs should consider the following in order to lower total cost of ownership through a cloud storage solution. The solution that you choose must have
* Increased disaster preparedness to ensure lesser downtime and better meet service-level agreements (SLAs).
* Better storage technologies, with reduced energy consumption without compromising on performance.
It is a therefore lways prudent to look for Cloud Computing Services that have automated IT management processes within their data center for best results.