Many organisations are looking to build more efficient and cost effective environments, these will comprise of some local or co-lo infrastructure combined with public or private cloud infrastructure.
The options are becoming greater but the issues arise when you try to pull it all together. How do you ensure is is simple to manage, secure and delivers performance?
This simple diagram can describe some of the services that can be offered around storage and data protection. Some key issues being suffered currently is the enormous amount and rapid growth of user data in unstructured storage such as NAS.
There is a move to reduce this burden and move to object storage which allows for a more manageable environment, the ability to set profiles to move data to the most appropriate storage tier based upon access of the files, this can also be extended to S3 and glacier too.