cloud and cloud storage with its trending innovations has brought the top big five storage array makers’ efforts to connect all the on-premise hardware with cloud storage facilitating an automated tiering, on-ramps, backup and archive capability. Let’s see how the top storage manufacturers tied their data to the cloud.
Dell EMC’s Unity storage offers file and blocks tiering to the cloud by using its Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA). When coming to block storage, snapshots are migrated to the cloud erasing the originals. Provided Dell EMC does not offer any cloud tiering for its SC series storage arrays. HPE with it StoreOnce data protection appliances created a feature called HPE Cloud Bank Storage, this is functioned to offer the cloud a target for backup and archiving which will change block tracking and data deduplication.
When Dell and HPE are talked about how can we forget IBM’s. It has a on-premises storage and the public cloud is IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud. IBM’s venerable SAN Volume Controller is a hardware storage virtualization box but can not be used as a software appliance in the cloud and on-premises. Next in row is Hitachi Vantara’s VSP, it has an all-flash F and hybrid flash G series which will offer automated tiering via the company’s own Hitachi Content Platform to top cloud providers. it focuses on the reduction of storage costs with inactive data to the cloud. It provides access from existing storage infrastructure creating an on-ramp to public cloud storage.
NetApp’s FAS is out with all-flash and hybrid flash hardware offered as FabricPool. It facilitates the tiering of inactive data into public cloud storage into the private clouds. Tiering is automated and set on the basis of volume but doesn’t provide any connection to the cloud for its Solidfire all-flash storage because Solidfire is targeted to provide cloud storage.