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

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Summary

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.

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  • 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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