Feeds

It's a boxless, super-flash, hyper-converged world: But what'll we do for BULK STORAGE?

Cloud storage gateways on the up. Here's why

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Blocks & Files Bulk secondary and tertiary data is going to the cloud. Not right now and not for everybody but the local ownership, operation and management of secondary data storage is costly and complicated and – slowly but surely – the cloud storage services are getting cheap enough and reliable enough to take over.

CIOs will likely increasingly say dump the data centre hardware ship and ship the data up into the cloud.

That means they still have to have fast local storage for the virtual machines in virtual servers and physical servers.

The top data storage sin, after losing data, is latency. Flash is replacing fast disk. Servers are getting bulked up on flash steroids and disk arrays are getting slimmed down into lean, mean all-flash machines.

We're being told to get rid of storage boxes altogether and run virtual SANs with VMware's VSAN bulling its way to the top of that tree.

We're also hearing we should get rid of separate servers, storage and networking boxes and have scale-out hyper-converged appliances. These provide shared storage using VSAN-like concepts.

So we end up with scale-out virtualised VSAN-using flash-based compute boxes or hyper-converged boxen with network switches built in, or networked all-flash arrays talking to servers.

None of these boxes are good for bulk storage, not one. That is going to the cloud - see above.

So, and here's a slight imaginative leap from El Reg storage desk, any on-premises fast data-access storage facility will have to have a cloud storage backend. That means:

  • all-flash arrays will get cloud storage gateway and data tiering capability covering on- and off-premises data – think XtremIO, Pure, Cisco Invicta;
  • VSANs will get cloud storage gateway functionality;
  • hyper-converged boxes will get cloud storage gateway functionality – think NIMBOXX, Nutanix, Simplivity and others;
  • cloud storage gateway functionality will become a feature; and
  • dedicated cloud storage gateway/WAN-optimising products will become fast local storage products providing a cloud backend – think Avere, Riverbed, etc.

To prolong their active life, disk drive arrays are going to have to embrace flash – as Dell, Fujitsu, HDS and HP are doing – and add cloud storage backends, as EMC and NetApp are doing.

So sit back and watch as a cloud storage gateway tide floods across the storage landscape. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
729 teraflops, 71,000-core Super cost just US$5,500 to build
Cloud doubters, this isn't going to be your best day
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION
Anal-retentive hardware nerd in paws-on workstation crisis
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.