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NFINIT’s Jeremy Fitzpatrick recently joined This Week in Enterprise Tech podcast hosts Louis Maresca, Brian Chee, and Curt Franklin to discuss the hidden costs associated with cloud storage. While the episode covered a range of relevant topics, we’ve compiled four key takeaways around cloud migration and storage. 

 

1. To Keep Costs Down, Understand And Anticipate Your Needs Before Migrating

Often, the economics associated with a move to the cloud look quite different on the budget than in reality. This can be due to a lack of understanding on the front end regarding usage, access, data egress fees and more. 

Jeremy places particular emphasis on taking the time to understand the access and utilization your organization will realistically need so that the process can be streamlined and costs can be optimized. While even the best-laid plans typically require a budget buffer, careful planning and tapping into use cases from other companies who have crossed that bridge makes all the difference. 

While many organizations try to think about and build out as many costs as possible, hidden costs associated with migration and cloud storage always bubble up. Workload often dictates the specific needs of IOPS (​​input/output operations per second), which can incur additional costs post-migration. With considerations such as gets() and puts() to access frequency, many metered services need to be considered that can ultimately affect your bottom line.

 

2. Your IT and Business Departments Must Be On The Same Page

Part of laying the foundation for your migration to the cloud includes getting your IT and executive departments aligned in regards to the value of your data. Many times, these two departments speak different languages when making decisions. (Here at NFINIT, we created an entire YouTube video series – called Dollars & Data – around bridging that gap!) 

As Jeremy mentions, IT staff often don’t understand the value of different datasets compared to others or the use cases of that data whereas the C-suite doesn’t understand the technology that is allowing their organization to access and run those applications. Having those conversations can be easier with outside consultants like NFINIT who can “translate” ones and zeros into dollar signs, and vice versa, to make sure these two departments aren’t at odds. The goal should always be to gain a more holistic understanding of company data usage and needs. 

 

3. Think Multi-cloud

 A recent trend among enterprises has been the use of a multi-cloud model, utilizing more than one cloud provider for data storage. Many network solutions allow for the meshing of private clouds that in turn enable you to pass traffic in a more secure and financially beneficial way in terms of cost ownership. As long as an organization is able to control and proxy out where its end users are connecting, creativity in deployment can yield significant benefits.

 

4. The Data Explosion Is Making Object Storage Much More Relevant

The distributed workforce early on in the pandemic led to a loss in the power of the LAN. The ability to pass large files across the LAN prior to this shift to remote work was easy, whereas now, trying to access those files via an underpowered home network takes much longer. NFINIT partnered with a company named LucidLink that provided a smart front-end. This allows NFINIT to take those same objects and files and stream them, which in turn allows individuals working from an underpowered home network to view and edit documents without ever having to download them. 

In addition, object storage is being used to create a low-cost, second data set with the ability to be make that copy immutabletable. This also allows for the  physical separation of  that second set of data from the production network while focusing on the ability to recover that data once all other security functions are breached. 

You can view the full episode by clicking here.

Author:Jeremy Fitzpatrick, VP of Sales and Marketing at NFINIT, is responsible for guiding the company’s sales operations and programs, marketing initiatives, and channel strategy.

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