Over the past several years, cloud storage has found a niche that traditional online storage arrays and archival media, like tape, do not address. Whether it’s for secondary data, structured/unstructured data that is infrequently accessed, archives or backups, cloud storage represents a near perfect compromise for data that needs to remain online and easily accessible, but calls a for minimal cost and maintenance footprint.The question organizations face today is no longer whether or not to use cloud storage. Instead, it is how to integrate this functional tier of storage into existing IT infrastructure. Because cloud storage is based on API-accessible object storage technology, the task of integrating object storage interfaces into current IT environments is typically cumbersome, as well as disruptive to existing applications and processes.This is where cloud storage gateways, like CloudArray come into play. (CloudArray came to EMC through the TwinStrata acquisition announced in July 2014.) By abstracting the object storage interfaces and presenting familiar block and file interfaces that applications use today, cloud storage integration is a simple plug-and-play affair.Gateways represent a huge improvement in accelerating cloud storage consumption, but they are only the first phase in the “cloudification” of data storage environments. In fact, future phases promise to make access to cloud storage even more seamless, via direct integration into existing products.You can expect to see the technology proliferate as we march toward a cloud-integrated future in the form of:Storage products with the ability to manage traditional local storage and cloud storage simultaneously from the same interface with a unified, seamless data path for applicationsAutomated or user controlled policies to help orchestrate workload movement from on-premise to cloud storage based on data lifecycle, capacity constraints or specific use case – all without any impact to running applicationsSeamless merging and/or tiering of private and public cloud storage based on tradeoffs involving cost, agility and data governance requirementsThis “cloudification” of data storage environments will open a broad range of options to address the “how” of cloud storage integration. In many cases, these options will be an integral part of many already familiar storage products.With private and public cloud technology broadly available and ubiquitous, virtually any organization will be able to enjoy the operational and economic benefits of a hybrid cloud storage strategy without altering the applications and processes in their existing environments.
Discover how to promote the benefits of Flash storage – and help your customers achieve better results faster.In the second of a series of blogs inspired by influential research published by industry analyst ESG, we look at how Flash storage has the ability to accelerate IT Transformation. When it comes to speaking to your customers about embracing the need for IT Transformation, deciding to modernize their storage environment by incorporating All-Flash arrays is one of the most high-impact actions they can take.Why is that? Because All-Flash storage offers lower latency and greater IOPS per drive compared with legacy spinning disk. That dramatically accelerates the speed and efficiency of the applications it supports, extending advantages well beyond the IT department and out to the whole business.There are other benefits too: All-Flash storage enables your customers to consolidate workloads, shrink hardware footprints, reduce power consumption and also lower management costs. Of course,Flash storage also works well with modern, feature-rich architectures and software solutions—which helps companies better address their workload-specific needs in dynamically changing IT environments.With all that in mind, have you got customers who still haven’t considered the merits of smarter storage? If so, you certainly won’t be alone—but it’s a massive opportunity for you to explore.Flash users report significant cost savingsOne of the main reasons that Flash storage hasn’t already entirely eclipsed legacy HDDs is that, rightly or wrongly, it has been typically thought to be expensive. That’s clearly for individual organizations to decide when you promote Flash storage to them, but the ROI is certainly impressive.In a recent research study1 commissioned by Dell EMC, ESG found that Flash users enjoyed a significant average reduction in both their storage OpEx (driven by lower power, cooling and reduced infrastructure sprawl) and CapEx (driven by workload consolidation and dramatic savings delivered by deduplication and compression):25% reduction in storage OpEx24% reduction in storage CapExThe same study also revealed that users of Flash storage reported a significant benefit in terms of improved application performance. On average, performance improvements were reported as:36% performance improvement among Flash users49% performance improvement among users relying entirely on All-Flash arraysFlash storage supports and accelerates IT TransformationThe other factor that’s not in doubt is the ability of Flash storage to accelerate IT Transformation.Earlier this year, ESG conducted a survey of 4,000 IT executives from private- and public-sector organizations across 16 countries to evaluate their progress in embracing IT Transformation2—and rank them as ‘Legacy’, ‘Emerging’, ‘Evolving’ or ‘Transformed’.A full 99% of the organizations that achieved ‘Transformed’ status are happily leveraging Flash storage – with 69% of the surveyed companies taking a step towards that by deploying one or more All-Flash arrays.In stark comparison, 85% of the ‘Legacy’ organizations haven’t yet deployed any Flash media at all.Improved results enhance competitive advantageTaking a closer look at the benefits enjoyed by ‘Transformed’ organizations, ESG1 identified that companies using Flash, particularly All-Flash:Were 3.5X as likely to make better, faster, data-driven decisions than their competitors (22% versus 6%)Were 2X more likely to execute most application deployments ahead of schedule (28% versus 15%)Were greater than 2X more likely to have made excellent progress enabling an elastic data center and virtually pooling infrastructure resourcesEncourage customers to modernize their storage environmentThe various ESG findings clearly show the significant business benefits of moving to a modern Flash storage environment—and the advantages of implementing All-Flash Arrays are more impressive still.Could you help your customers to do more with a more agile infrastructure based on Flash storage or identify new opportunities to expand their utilization of this transformational technology?If so, you could be helping them to save money, make better decisions, deliver faster deployments and strategic initiatives—and ultimately stay ahead of the competitive curve.Read and share the full ESG Research Insights Brief >>Learn more about the role of Flash storage in improved operational performance and start speaking to your prospects and customers about the proven business benefits. You can also use the free ESG online assessment tool, available for download from our IT Transformation campaign page, to demonstrate the opportunities and value of IT Transformation.Explore our dedicated IT Transformation campaign and marketing tools >> 1 ESG Research Insights brief commissioned by Dell EMC, ‘Flash Storage Fuels IT Transformation: The Quantified Impacts of Organizational Flash Storage Use’, May 2018.2 ESG Research Insights Paper, ‘Research Proves IT Transformation’s Persistent Link to Agility, Innovation, and Business Value’, March 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill extending the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States a week before the pact was due to expire. Both houses of the Russian parliament voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the New START treaty for five years. Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden had discussed the nuclear accord a day earlier, and the Kremlin said they agreed to complete the necessary extension procedures in the next few days. The pact’s extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers had to ratify the move before Putin could sign off on Friday.
LONDON (AP) — It may be on the other side of the world but the U.K. is to apply to join a trade partnership involving many of the economics around the Pacific Ocean. A year after it formally left the European Union, the government said Saturday that wants to join the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will speak to officials in Japan and New Zealand on Monday to formally make the request. Negotiations are expected to commence this year. Supporters of Brexit said one of the main benefits lies in the ability of the country to forge its own trade deals with anyone around the world.