Data Storage and Public Cloud

by Tammy Batey – June 20, 2017

Public cloud adoption is growing, as is the number of enterprises with a hybrid cloud strategy, with the percentage of enterprises adopting one increasing from 55 percent in 2016 to 58 percent in 2017, according to RightScale’s 2017 “State of the Cloud Report.”

The cloud management company surveyed more than 1,000 technical professionals at a broad mix of organizations, including enterprises, on their adoption of cloud computing. The company’s annual report shares those findings.

Key findings include:

  • The number of enterprises planning to use multiple public clouds increased from 16 percent in 2016 to 20 percent in 2017
  • Respondents run 41 percent of workloads in public cloud and 38 percent in private cloud
  • 95 percent of organizations surveyed are running applications or experimenting with Infrastructure as-a-ServiceCloud 

How has public cloud adoption impacted your organization? What’s driving hybrid cloud adoption? And what data do you tier to public cloud? Join Igneous Systems and IT professionals at 9 a.m. PDT Thursday, June 22 for a CrowdChat conversation on “Tiering to Public Cloud.”

In this blog post, I’ll explore the cloud and data storage connection, but first, let’s look at the history of cloud computing.

 

History of cloud computing

American computer scientist J.C.R. “Lick” Licklider played a major role in what is now known as cloud computing. In the 1960s, he introduced the idea of an “intergalactic computer network,” according to the ComputerWeekly.com article “A History of Cloud Computing.” He’s even known as “computing’s Johnny Appleseed.”

His work helped lead to the development of the ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) in 1969. He dreamed of people around the world accessing programs and data from anywhere.

 "It is a vision that sounds a lot like what we are calling cloud computing,” said Margaret Lewis, product marketing director at AMD, in the ComputerWeekly.com article.

What was “likely the biggest step” toward cloud computing happened with the launch of Salesforce.com in 1999, writes Rob Enderle in the CIO magazine article “The ironic history of the hybrid cloud.”

“This showcased the concept of delivering enterprise applications from the Internet then, the cloud now, from a simple website and it was a huge success,” he wrote.

Technology giants like Microsoft, Amazon and Google have contributed to the advancement of cloud computing. The success that these companies had with IT-as-a-Service and browser-based apps - and decreasing costs - drove cloud adoption. And as is clear from RightScale’s report, cloud users are running applications in more clouds than ever before.

But security and data privacy concerns were two of the enterprise roadblocks to moving everything to public cloud. Rob Enderle tells the story of a couple of engineers at a large pharma company that needed to analyze a new drug. After being quoted $100,000 by company IT, they completed the project for $3,500 using a cloud provider. They won an award for saving the company money but were fired the next day for putting the company’s data security at risk.

Hybrid cloud offers a mix of on premises, private cloud and public cloud services, so enterprises can move only select data to public cloud and keep other data on premises.

 

What’s the cloud and data storage connection?

Twenty-one percent of respondents in IDG’s Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey, 2016 predicted that data storage would be a high priority for their organizations’ cloud migration plans in 2017.

Data storage and cloud are a natural combination. When data storage meets hybrid cloud, customers gain the agility of public cloud but with data access on their local networks.

Backup and Archive as-a-Service with cloud tiering - like that offered by Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud - introduces cloud agility to data storage, giving enterprises flexibility to adjust when data growth outpaces their plans.

Cloud data storage like Igneous Hybrid Cloud Storage also means someone else remotely monitors, troubleshoots and upgrades appliances. With cloud, organizations can save the expense of managing data storage themselves, and IT teams can devote their team to higher-value projects.

During the CrowdChat conversation on “Tiering to Public Cloud” Thursday at 9 a.m. PDT, we’ll explore a variety of topics, including applications driving hybrid cloud use cases, top drivers for hybrid cloud adoption, and the public cloud providers best suited to tiering.

Hope you can join the conversation!