How to Balance the Benefits and Risks of Cloud Storage Against Operational Needs

Archived Published: 07 September 2012 ID: G00236343


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Cloud storage offers significant agility and cost benefits, but CIOs and IT directors also find real risks. Reviewing the economics, technical limitations and deployment implications of public cloud versus low-cost, on-premises storage systems will drive better infrastructure designs.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
  • Impacts and Recommendations
    • Because public cloud storage providers have advantages of scale, IT leaders should continue to view public cloud storage as a low-cost tier of off-site storage with distinct availability, performance and throughput characteristics
    • Because IT leaders in smaller organizations have limited excess storage capacity and staff, they should consider using public cloud providers to satisfy short-term peak capacity demands
    • Well-managed, in-house storage solutions nearly always have better availability, performance, throughput and security, compared with public cloud storage solutions, so IT managers must perform a risk/benefit analysis before moving application data to the cloud
  • Recommended Reading
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