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Top Five Approaches to Hybrid Cloud Storage — An Analysis of Use Cases, Benefits and Limitations

Published: 09 January 2018

ID: G00344055

Analyst(s): Julia Palmer , Arun Chandrasekaran , Raj Bala


I&O leaders want to improve TCO, agility and scalability of on-premises storage by extending their data infrastructure to the public cloud. This research outlines the different approaches to implementing hybrid cloud storage, explores use-case fit and identifies the pros and cons of each approach.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Primary Storage Array Integration (Synching, Tiering and Backup) With the Public Cloud
  • Cloud Storage Gateway Approach
  • Primary Storage Deployed in Colocation Facilities With Direct Access to Public Cloud
  • SDS Solutions That Can Be Deployed and Span Across On-Premises and Public Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud Storage as Part of the Platform (Azure Stack and VMware Cloud Foundation)
  • Recommendations for Hybrid Cloud Storage Implementations

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