Cloud Native Storage vs Third-Party Storage - Part 3

 

In Parts 1 and 2 we covered off some great use cases for Cloud Native Storage solutions.

We also articulated that the solution you select should be driven by the needs of your application.

Many Enterprise applications are simply not written to utilise Cloud Native storage solutions which is why third-party storage solutions can be extremely valuable.

In this Part 3 we will go through some of the Third-Party storage solutions available in the Public Cloud and why and when you would use them.

Solutions like NetApp’s Cloud Volumes, Pure Storage’s Cloud Block Store and HPE-Nimble cloud volumes for Cloud Block storage are the current market leaders.

These 3 are the best as they are enterprise storage that lives in the cloud. This is important if your using Virtual Machines and conventional applications in the cloud as they simply just work.

It’s basically the same software that your applications use in the data centre, so you can be confident that your applications can use it and it works and they won’t lose your data.

These solutions have been codified for Systems Engineers and therefore you will ready know how to manage them, as they are what you are used to.

Some of these solutions like HPE/Nimble Cloud Volumes are literally an array sitting in a cloud connected data centre (think Next-DC and Equinix) with a Direct Connect to your Cloud Instances.

The NetApp and Pure Storage solutions are not.

These vendors have worked out how to use cloud native resources in an enterprise way. NetApp has both options, that is a cloud connected array as well a virtual array you deploy directly into the Public Cloud.

Your key considerations need to be:

• Does this storage solution work with my application/s?

• Is it reliable, which means, is it real enterprise storage? This is what is important.

• Does it do what I need it to do? Which is give me my data back when I need it and where I need it.

This is why solutions like VMware on AWS and VMware on Azure are good as they deliver a common platform and management plane to run your applications.

You already know VMware works and how to manage and use it. It can make sense to use it elsewhere.

It’s practical and it works.

Third party storage solutions are also an excellent on ramp into the Public Cloud.

Using an enterprise storage array in the Cloud connected to your on-premises version of the same array, is advantageous as they have native replication and synchronisation tools that are optimised for the WAN and can-do things like emulating that the data is already at the destination and pull the data across as needed.

In Part 4 of this Blog we will explore some more considerations for Third Party vs Cloud Native Storage solutions. 

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