Now, that might not be entirely true for automobiles, but it certainly seems to be the best overall approach for storing your organization’s business-critical data. Why? Quite simply, adopting a hybrid-cloud approach to data storage allows you to enjoy the speed in your local data center and the flexibility of the cloud for additional compute services and offsite data preservation.
Cycles of Computing & Storage Technology
Many of us have witnessed the various cycles of computing & storage technology throughout the past few decades: main-frame computing, then to beefier clients, client-server, thin-client, back to heavy-weight clients in the form of desktops and even laptops. Today, we have those robust desktops, but even more processing power in the on-prem and cloud servers (and the associated services that accompany them). And, the cycle continues. The same has been true for data storage; although, I would say that the speed at which data storage best practices have changed is glacial when compared to compute.
The Rise of Cloud Computing
Not too long ago — think last decade — cloud computing rose to prominence, along with cloud storage. With Software as a Service (SaaS), it actually made a lot of sense for startups to run everything in the cloud to avoid the capital expense of building out a data center and vast networking to service customers around the world. Of course, enterprise organizations were a bit slower to adopt this paradigm, as they usually are with all new technologies/practices. But, as of now, it’s pretty safe to say that virtually every technology organization is embracing cloud storage in one way or another. The factors that determine whether to keep your data on prem or in the cloud seem to come down to speed, capacity, accessibility, durability and security.
At Caringo, we have built a market-hardened solution for on-prem storage of unstructured data, In other words, Swarm object storage is a private cloud in your data center. At the same time, we are fully cognizant of the hybrid-cloud approach to data storage. In fact, we have fully embraced that practice in the latest version of Swarm, developing the necessary components to seamlessly copy data to the cloud for disaster recovery (DR) or other compute services. But, we didn’t stop there. We wanted the ability to offer a complete hybrid solution and we’re excited to be working closely with Wasabi to bring to market our new Caringo Swarm Cloud DR Managed Service.
The combined solution leverages the enterprise data protection methods that have always been present in Swarm with the ability to instantly add a remote Disaster Recovery (DR) site powered by Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage. The Swarm Cloud DR service is offered as a 3-year add-on to an existing Swarm deployment or Swarm Server Appliance purchase and includes customizable backup to any one of Wasabi’s globally distributed data centers with no ingress/egress fees. Should a restore be needed, the entire recovery process is managed by Caringo personnel to ensure your organization is back up and running as quickly as possible.
Register to attend the July 30 webinar How to Enhance Data Protection with Managed, Offsite Disaster Recovery to learn more about the Caringo Swarm Cloud DR solution.