Beyond four walls: Rocketing into hybrid cloud

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Organizations that adopt hybrid cloud for applications often keep cloud storage and on-premises storage as two separate worlds. Rather than using handcrafted methods to connect these, it is time to embrace the use of hybrid cloud storage within your infrastructure. Hybrid cloud storage can help increase business agility and protect data while also lowering costs.

Today, IBM is announcing the availability of IBM Cloud Object Storage (COS) in IBM Cloud with new service options for more secure and reliable enterprise data in the cloud. For those using object storage, IBM Cloud and on-premises IBM COS can help create a seamless storage infrastructure on which applications can be built, run and moved wherever and whenever the business needs them.

What about my other data?             

Dedicated storage, whether on premises or in a private cloud, is widely used for applications, and that is not changing. Logistics, investment or proprietary analytics for a company require fast, reliable primary storage such as IBM FlashSystem. It is a business imperative to protect and manage this data. Hybrid cloud complements dedicated storage to store data with less demanding requirements and with better economics, security and flexibility. A strategic approach to hybrid cloud needs to cover data protection, sharing and management across all types of storage: dedicated and cloud services.

Using the cloud for data protection is an excellent use case. IBM Spectrum Protect, named a Leader in Gartner’s 2016 Enterprise Backup Magic Quadrant, can backup data directly to the cloud or use the cloud as an archive target. Policies set by the backup administrator can use IBM COS as a primary backup target or restrict data to public cloud.

Cloud storage can be integrated directly with on-premises storage using transparent cloud tiering with award-winning IBM Spectrum Scale. This software-defined scale-out file and object storage can place or migrate a file or object to IBM COS without administrator intervention using automated, cognitive policies. Data movement is transparent to users and applications, and data can automatically be promoted to very fast storage, such as IBM FlashSystem, when needed. In this way, hybrid cloud is tightly integrated with scale-out file and object workloads, including big data analytics.

If what you need is data in the cloud for DevOps, snapshot backup or data migration to the cloud, IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management (CDM) is the right choice. Introduced at IBM Edge last month, IBM Spectrum CDM seamlessly snapshots, copies and moves data on primary storage and hybrid cloud storage. IBM Spectrum CDM maintains a catalog of the data, including locations, making it easy to keep track of, refresh or delete copies. IBM Spectrum CDM helps make your storage, your administrators and even your developers (who can now work with their own data copy) more efficient.

Storage — on premises or in the cloud — still needs to be managed. You may outsource the physical storage and daily operational tasks, but you still need visibility to manage your business. IBM Spectrum Control provides a unified environment to see growth trends, performance reports and a lot more for on-premises and cloud storage.

Being strategic

A strategic approach to hybrid cloud modernizes and transforms the traditional enterprise infrastructure and bridges the on-premises application environment with private and public clouds. The IBM Storage portfolio covers both worlds with leading products in many categories. Whether it is addressing scaling with IBM Cloud Object Storage, enterprise requirements in flash arrays,  or driving innovation through software-defined storage, IBM Storage continues to innovate with solutions that work together to solve business and infrastructure challenges.

Learn more about the IBM Storage portfolio and our hybrid cloud storage.

Join IBM and Steve O’Brien, Chief Architect for Unisys Enterprise Storage Services, for a live discussion on a practical approach to building private clouds to work with enterprise storage. Register here for the October 26th webinar.

Vice President, Product Marketing and Management, IBM Storage Systems

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