Is your storage infrastructure ready for 2018’s biggest trend?

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Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

With the promise of unlimited storage and on-demand processing power, businesses have been adopting cloud services and infrastructure as quickly as possible.

But as they duplicated their existing set-up on hosted platforms, many quickly discovered that the cost savings were nowhere near as large as promised.

The pay-as-you-use cloud-computing model is both a blessing and a curse. Granted, you never pay for anything you don’t use, but everything else is billable – often by the hour. So a collection of virtual machines that are left powered up when not in use will cost. Then there’s the issue of OS and software licensing for each of these machines, which must be paid for.

Many organizations have fallen short simply because their existing infrastructure is not cloud ready, virtually wiping out any savings they hoped to make during migration.

Enter the container

Clearly businesses need to reduce the footprint of their infrastructure if they hope to bring costs down – and they can do so using containerization. Using Docker (or similar technology), it becomes possible to compile applications and runtime libraries without the need for a complete virtual machine and guest OS for each and every application. Immediately your business benefits by reducing the number of OS/application licenses used.

The beauty of container technologies is that they can also be run in the local data center. For enterprise-class businesses that already have significant infrastructure installed on-site, it may make more sense to run containers locally. Not only will they benefit from lower licensing costs, but they also pay nothing for the processor cycles/storage capacity/RAM that their applications use, all the while eliminating latency issues from the Cloud.

In fact, if 2018 does become the year of the containerized application, we may see cost-conscious businesses moving more of their platform back in-house as they learn to do more with the assets they already own.

For more advice about how to extend your on-site data operations using post warranty storage hardware, please get in touch.