It may seem as if most organizations want to leverage enterprise cloud storage and sharing (ECSS), but there are several reasons why businesses small and large, are discovering that a hybrid storage solution is their best option.
While access to Cloud storage services has sound benefits –it’s cost effective, and enables employees to access their content anywhere and from multiple devices –it can be difficult for some businesses to justify a complete migration to the cloud from their existing storage system(s).
1. Businesses have put a lot of time and money into architecting their on-premises systems. One of the main reasons businesses seek a hybrid solution is simply because they have too much invested into their existing legacy storage system(s) to abandon it. In addition to the extensive system customization and capital investment, enterprises often have several line-of-business systems tightly integrated with these on-premises systems, thus migrating to a cloud storage service is simply not a viable option.
2. Not all content is Cloud-compliant. Often times, security and compliance or data retrieval performance requirements mandate that some content is stored on-site within the organization’s data center. David Linthicum, SVP at Cloud Technology Partners, said, “Considering compliance issues, performance requirements, and security restrictions, the need for local storage is a fact of life.” A hybrid system gives organizations the mobility of cloud computing while enabling them to readily access their most important information on-site.
3. New systems pose new challenges. When an organization adopts or inherits a new storage platform, it often comes with ancillary hurdles as well, including user adoption and compliance mandates.
“There are many business drivers that demand that companies deploy a hybrid storage model,” said Mark Brazeau, CEO of Portal Architects, the creators of SkySync. “These include user resistance; stove-piped organizations; companies that have merged, each having their own set of distinct storage platforms; and integration to existing back-end processing systems. These hurdles sometimes make consolidation unpractical, which is often the principal driver behind system co-existence.”
Tom Morris, Chief Technology Officer for Landmark Field Services, said that having a way to anchor all of Landmark’s storage platforms is key to the operation of the business. “In Oil and Gas, we have field offices and mobile workers all over the place. They are all spread out, which is why the Cloud is so perfect for us. But everyone uses their own system. We have as much diversity as you can possibly imagine in our IT infrastructure,” Morris said. “But we’ve got to have a center of gravity. For us, the Cloud has to be anchored by something that is completely agnostic, which is our Network File Share. It’s impossible to manage all that we do without it.”
Morris added that it’s much easier to integrate all of the different systems together than trying to enforce one specific storage scenario company-wide. “We can’t enforce one idea, so we have to be agnostic. It turned out to be a real strength for us, to be able to accommodate all of these different systems. We spend less time enforcing rules and more time getting the job done.”
Businesses now have the option of creating true hybrid storage environments in a matter of minutes with SkySync. It offers true platform-to-platform, bi-directional synchronization without the historical heavy-lifting or the use of third-party migration services.
“Organizations are no longer tethered to their existing on-premises systems,” Brazeau continued. “SkySync enables a variety of co-existence, expansion and system-consolidation scenarios. Companies can easily take advantage of the most cost-effective, feature-right and compliant systems in minutes with little to no technical effort on their part.”