Data in the Cloud Rests In Peace  #RIP

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - author name: Vijay Ramaswamy

Data in the Cloud Rests In Peace  #RIP

Your enterprise data is in the cloud. Do you want to protect it, preserve it, analyze it or do nothing?

Doing nothing about your data seems to be the easiest option—in a recent survey of more than 100 customers, CloudLanes found that this was more often than not the default choice. Most on-premise storage solutions connect to the cloud, since it’s after all an RFP requirement. So what happens to the data once in the cloud? It’s at rest. Lying in a cool or cold storage tier. It’s resting in peace or RIP as they informally call it in the word of social.

Your data is surely available to be downloaded back on premise—at potentially large egress costs depending upon the storage tier you have stored your data in. As the IT Manager, you had a great reason to move the data to the cloud, a strategic initiative directive from your CIO, or you were looking to lower your on-premise storage costs…

Add to all this, you got a great end-of-the-year deal from one of the public cloud providers – Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS.

The larger question on the table is: what is it that you really want to do with the data  - protect it, preserve it, analyze it or do nothing? And if you believe that doing nothing is what you prefer to do, it begs the question why even move the data to the cloud in the first place?

Preserving, protecting, or analyzing your data in the cloud require very different approaches, and a cloud-first frame work.

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