As unstructured data continues to grow, the complexity, physical and financial constraints of traditional SAN and NAS platforms is becoming unsustainable. Typically for every Terabyte of usable storage required an organisation will purchase between 5 and 15 Terabytes of raw storage capacity, often replicated across multiple locations and storage mediums such as tape.
As a result organisations are now looking for alternative storage delivery strategies, combining localised storage performance alongside the scale, cost and flexibility that Cloud storage offers.
Hybrid Cloud Storage provides organisations with the best of both worlds. The approach combines a local Cloud storage gateway that acts as a SAN or NAS device to provide users with local data access with the level of local network performance that they expect using common presentation protocols such as CIFs or NFS so that user behaviour remains consistant. All data is held in the Cloud or Object store to leverage the availability, scale and cost points that can't be achieved using traditional methods; whilst at the same time enabling global collaboration amongst users.