Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 21 - Page 55

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// FEATURE: CLOUD MANAGEMENT ORGANISATIONS WITH DECADES WORTH OF COLD DATA ON LEGACY STORAGE CAN MIGRATE TO ALL-FLASH ARRAYS. Hot data is the data you want immediate access to, often running real-time analysis or AI protocols on to extract insight and value. Cold data was simply stored for recoverability purposes, typically on disk or even tape storage. Having these different tiers of storage led to increased complexity, cost, and inefficiency. Today, utilising the market’s leading-edge all-flash technologies, these categories can be eliminated as all data can be consolidated into one place, ready for AI and real-time analysis. Organisations with decades worth of cold data on legacy storage can migrate to all-flash arrays, making it available for immediate AI processing. In this way you can heat up data that was previously cold, often uncovering new value and insight through AI or Machine Learning. By consolidating your data into one place, you also maximise many cost savings including lower energy consumption and less floor space use, reduced software licensing fees, and further savings through deduplication and compression over more applications and workloads. In addition, you do not need to deal with the consequences of data gravity, where data has to be moved from one data island to another, a lengthy and often expensive process. Build your cloud on all-flash storage Consolidation – Putting more applications on all-flash storage The introduction of flash prompted an evolution of the storage market. Initially flash was seen as a premium technology, reserved for tier-1 use cases. Now flash technology is a must-have and has eliminated the need to silo data in different places. Historically, you had hot and cold data. As you move from your first all-flash applications through consolidation and toward the all flash cloud, an important step will be to bridge the virtualisation gap between your servers and the rest of your infrastructure, namely storage and networking. This is another area where your all-flash architecture can play a critical role in providing the flexibility, agility and management simplicity required for a successful cloud deployment. What are you trying to accomplish? If you start with delivering basic cloud-type services, your must-have list would include: • The ability to share resources through simple and automated processes: Users should be able to go straight to your on-premi