By Doug Ko – Strategy and Market Development
Today, in data centers around the world, IT executives continue to debate the relative merits of storing enterprise data on-premise or in a public cloud. Meanwhile, the line-of-business owners responsible for generating all that data are dealing with a different problem – more and more data!
Regardless of where the data’s stored, IT execs and business managers share a set of common concerns – protecting, sharing, analyzing, monetizing, and moving their data around, but without compromising security or data sovereignty.
Most enterprises have hundreds of terabytes if not petabytes of data, so simply moving such large volumes of data over the Internet to the cloud makes the whole hybrid cloud proposition much more challenging. And what happens if a customer needs to bring data back in-house from the cloud? In our view, the best way to get on-premise data and public cloud working together in a secure manner is to move them in as next-door neighbors.
Today at the Amazon Web Services Summit in Sydney, we’re announcing Nimble Cloud-Connected Storage.
As shown in the diagram above, Nimble Cloud-Connected Storage allows Nimble Storage customers to co-locate their storage arrays at a nearby Equinix data center and connect them directly to AWS EC2 (Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud) compute instances using a secure and low-latency connection. This can be done using Amazon Direct Connect or Equinix Cloud Exchange.
Key Benefits of Nimble Cloud-Connected Storage:
- Cost-effective DR – Every company needs a disaster recovery (DR) solution; Nimble’s Cloud-Connected Storage is an exceptionally cost-effective way to accomplish this.
- Data Sovereignty and Ownership – Cloud-Connected Storage provides a physical array that’s under the enterprise’s control. They maintain full sovereignty and ownership of their data to address any compliance or governance requirements.
- Efficiency of Moving Data – Instead of sending large amounts of data over the Internet, enterprises can send a pre-seeded array and connect it to the cloud so their data is ready to be used instantly. Any new data or changes can leverage Nimble’s efficient data replication, which only sends compressed and changed data. If the data needs to come back on-site, the arrays can be easily relocated.
- Data Durability and Reliability – Nimble arrays have proven uptime, in the field, of over 99.999%. Snapshots are provided free of charge. And with triple-parity RAID protection, data durability is improved by over a factor of 1,000 compared to typical RAID6 protection.
Compute On Demand Simplifies DR and Dev / Test
With EC2 you can quickly turn on/off virtual machine instances on-demand and pay for only what you use. This makes use cases like disaster recovery and development and testing (dev/test) very compelling. Now you can spin up virtual machines only when you need them during a DR test / drill or an actual disaster, rather than keeping an entire DR site idle for most of the time and paying for it. And, if you’d prefer to also obtain storage on a pay-per-use model, Nimble offers its Storage on Demand service for Cloud-Connected Storage.
Previously with dev/test, it would be slow, cumbersome, and expensive to upload copies of your on-premise production environment to the cloud over the Internet. With Cloud-Connected Storage, instant snapshots and clones of your production environment are made available to EC2 and can be spun up quickly for dev/test.
Data is probably the most valuable asset an enterprise has. Cloud-Connected Storage brings together the best of the AWS cloud and Nimble Storage’s Adaptive Flash arrays. It helps address the business and technical challenges of protecting and moving the large amounts of data required for an enterprise hybrid cloud. Now, with Cloud-Connected Storage, customers can better utilize and monetize their data in and out of the cloud in an efficient, private, and secure manner.