One Two Punch: Data Mobility Automates Cloud Adoption
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If you’re like most enterprises, chances are you have a number of different storage silos in your infrastructure. Through its global namespace, the DataSphere metadata engine enables you to optimize those resources by making them simultaneously available to applications. Adding objective-based management ensures you get the right data to the right place at the right time – automatically and without application interruption.
This data mobility is the key to simplicity and savings that can transform how IT serves business needs. For example, it enables automated data migration, which enables IT to set policies and get the right data to the right place at the right time, throughout the lifecycle of data and storage systems. In addition, these data mobility capabilities make it easy to add the cloud to your existing infrastructure in just a few steps:
1. Add single or multiple cloud or object stores to the DataSphere global namespace. These stores become just another tier for DataSphere.
2. Add old and new storage to the DataSphere global namespace. This is a one or two step process for each storage system.
3. Create policy objectives that specify performance and protection requirements for hot, cooler, and cold data. Leveraging cloud resources in DataSphere is simple, through policy objectives that automatically move data to the cloud that has not been accessed within a given time frame, such as 30 days.
4. Apply the objective policies to data at a share, folder, or file level. DataSphere will automatically move data to the ideal storage to meet its objectives. This movement is transparent to applications. In the case of a storage refresh, it’s often possible to extend the useful life of older hardware as a lower tier of storage. If hardware truly needs to be removed, it’s easy to decommission it from the DataSphere interface. After it is decommissioned, all data will be moved to other resources, after which point the hardware can be removed.
DataSphere's global namespaces makes existing and cloud storage simultaneously available to applications to simplify data migrations and cloud adoption.
The cloud offers enterprises the ability to increase agility while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO), however adoption has been slow, in part, because it is difficult for IT to determine which data can be moved to the cloud, and planning to move it without impacting business.
DataSphere’s data migration capabilities make it possible for enterprises to make the jump to the cloud in days instead of months or years. DataSphere’s ability to view and use the cloud as a low-cost, lower performance, highly reliable storage resource enhances cloud benefits by enabling organizations to easily use the cloud as an active archive, manage snapshots, ensure data governance, and enable on-demand usage models.