Is Hybrid Cloud Storage in Your Future? Red Hat (News - Alert) says Yes and You can Learn Why
Of the three legs of the transformation of the world to a data center and cloud-centric way for enterprises and service providers to delivery next generation capabilities—applications, networking and storage— concentration tends to be on the first two, and how changing architectures and virtualization amongst a variety of factors are helping drive the pace of adoption. That said, reality storage is just as important, and getting it right is a key to moving ahead faster.
In answer to the question posed in the headline, the answer is yes, it should be, and Red Hat has some interesting thoughts as to why and how.
IT professionals in enterprises of all sizes are struggling with how to accelerate getting to the cloud. This is not just about the power of moving CapEx to OpEx, obtaining more flexibility and agility, but is also about the nuts and bolts of planning for and deploying an architecture and a holistic approach to obtaining optimal results.
The facts are that one of the big obstacles for accelerating a move to the cloud are the seemingly unending application rewrites to use "cloud storage" or the escalating costs from service providers rewriting applications for you. This does not have to be the case, and a hybrid solution is why.
In fact, if you are trying to move to the cloud quickly and storage issues are holding you back, you might wish to bookmark Tuesday February 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT/ 11:00 AM PDT, when Red Hat’s Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Tom Trainer, will be joining me as the featured presenter of the webinar, Hybrid Cloud Storage: Getting the Best of Two Worlds.
Red Hat has been the pioneer in providing high-performance open source solutions including Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, to JBoss® Enterprise Middleware to virtualization, storage, and cloud computing products. In the webinar we are going to cover how to accelerate your move to the cloud (both public and private) and eliminate application rewrites - all while dramatically lowering your overall investment in storage.
Webinar topics will include:
- How to bridge data silos with hybrid cloud storage
- How to take advantage of cloud computing without re-writing applications
- How other enterprises are architecting their hybrid cloud storage environment
As a warm-up to the event, you also might wish to check out Red Hat’s Top 10 IT Predictions for 2013Just as a teaser below are three of the ten that I found to be right on target:.
Private (and hybrid) PaaS will go mainstream. As has been the case with IaaS, PaaS will be seen not as just a public cloud capability but also as private and hybrid capability.
Open source software will drive proprietary storage hardware and software stacks. The rapid pace of innovation at the software layer is likely to fast outpace the innovation of hardware. Today, monolithic proprietary storage hardware and its proprietary software layer cannot be decoupled. This will all change in 2013 with the rapid commoditization and standardization at the hardware level combined with increased intelligence at the software layer.
Enterprise storage will transform from a ‘data destination’ into a ‘data platform.’ As a platform for big data and not just a destination for data storage, enterprise storage solutions will need to deliver cost-effective scale and capacity; eliminate data migration and incorporate the ability to grow without bound; bridge legacy storage silos; ensure global accessibility of data; and protect and maintain the availability of data.
Clearly 2013 is going to be a year of dynamic changes regarding data center transformations and meeting the challenges of storage will be vital in how fast and how well your enterprise can move to the cloud. Hope you will be able to join us.
Edited by Ashley Caputo