Have you Considered Private or Hybrid Cloud for your Enterprise?

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Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016

Although most businesses are convinced of the benefits provided by scalable, flexible resource provisioning, many are still concerned about the off-site aspects of cloud services. Many organisations dealing with sensitive information retain legitimate concerns about compliance and data sovereignty.

As a result, on-site private cloud and hybrid deployments using Open Stack technologies are gaining favor. Seeing this trend in action, Microsoft has recently released a preview of Azure Stack that promises to bring the power of the cloud back in house.

The future is in house?

The preview is currently quite limited in functionality (supporting a single server deployment for instance), but gives CTOs an indication of what to expect. The final release of Azure Stack has been promised for Q4 2016, bringing with it some of the functionality that hosted Azure users expect.

Microsoft has also committed to continuous development of Azure Stack, added features and functions as requested by their user community.

A great opportunity to reduce operating costs

Taking an on-site private cloud approach helps businesses re-establish complete control over their data estate. Azure Stack and similar Open Stack-based platforms provide flexible allocation of storage and resources without needing to involve third parties, or exposing data to potential ‘guest escape’ scenarios. They will also find it much, much easier to prove compliance with relevant data protection legislation and industry standards.

The use of Open Stack technologies to create and maintain an in-house cloud service provides enterprises with an opportunity to push their EoSL storage equipment back into service. Backed by a suitable post warranty support service, businesses can quickly build and deploy their own on-demand storage pools using existing assets.

Under this scenario, everyone wins. The CIO regains complete control of corporate data, and the CTO gets a flexible pool of storage that can be allocated on-demand. Most importantly of all, business growth and service provision is no longer limited by reaching capacity ceilings.

Although the full release of Microsoft Azure Stack is still some months away, there is nothing to stop your business investigating ways to extend the usable lifespan of existing storage systems in preparation. For more help and advice about post warranty support, please get in touch.