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Cloud Storage Gateways: Enabling the Hybrid Cloud

Published: 27 January 2014

ID: G00258128

Analyst(s): Angelina Troy


Unfamiliar public cloud storage protocols and APIs can complicate hybrid cloud initiatives. Cloud storage gateways can simplify these projects, but they include multiple architectures with varying applicability. This document presents Gartner recommendations for cloud storage gateway deployment.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings



  • Cloud Storage Gateway Architectural Elements
    • Cloud Storage Gateway Benefits
    • Cloud Storage Gateway Limitations
  • Three Cloud Storage Gateway Architectural Models
    • Cache Architecture
    • Storage Tier Architecture
    • Copy Architecture
  • Future Developments
  • Classify Gateway-Appropriate Workloads
    • Use Case: Backup and/or Archive
    • Use Case: File Distribution
    • Use Case: File Collaboration and Synchronization
    • Use Case: Tier 2 Applications
    • Use Case: Disaster Recovery (for Tier 2 Workloads)
  • Compare Gateways With Enterprise Disk Array Feature Sets and Criteria
  • Use Gateways for CSP Migration or a Multiprovider Strategy

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