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Feeling Like your Cloud Strategy “Can’t Get There From Here”?


One of my favorite albums is REM’s “Fables of Reconstruction.” One track that jumps out as a favorite is titled “Can’t Get There From Here,” and although the wild lyrics have nothing to do with this blog, the title reminds me of recent conversations I’ve had with various chief information officers (CIOs) regarding challenges with their IT cloud strategy. They know that cloudification factors into their strategy but can’t attain it. They need help defining a transformative path out of today’s data center-centric architectures. One transformative, yet simple and cost-effective, step that CIOs should be considering early on is cloud storage.

Cloud storage offers enormous, tangible benefits – no local footprint, simplified centralized management, infinite scalability, and the simple OPEX consumption model – yet the majority of enterprises are struggling with migration for most all but “cloud-native” applications.

What are the barriers?

High latency and jitter: The public cloud is rarely local, so there is a speed-of-light issue between a customer data center and cloud locations. The problem is exacerbated by high jitter when communication between data center and cloud happens via shared Internet links. Enterprise applications are inherently intolerant and demand both low latency and low jitter for optimal operations – today’s public storage solutions just can’t cut it.

Read the entire article here, Feeling Like your Cloud Strategy “Can’t Get There From Here”?
via the fine folks at ClearSky Data.

ClearSky Data ClearSky Data’s global storage network simplifies the entire enterprise data lifecycle as a managed service. IT is now liberated from the treadmill of managing primary, backup and disaster recovery storage infrastructure, and empowered to use data with on-demand scaling and agility. ClearSky delivers data where it’s needed, enterprise-ready and fully optimized to eliminate the cost and data center footprint of traditional storage solutions. Led by experienced entrepreneurs with track records in cloud computing, storage and data management, ClearSky is based in Boston and backed by top-tier venture firms General Catalyst, Highland Capital Partners and Polaris Partners, as well as Akamai Technologies, the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services.

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