Data management is becoming increasingly challenging for companies choosing to adopt hybrid-cloud. According to IDG Research Services, 78% of cloud adopters say managing data seamlessly across cloud environments is very important or critical, but only 29% believe they’re doing an above average job.
To simplify your operations, you could look to outsourcing; this works for compute or applications but when it comes to data, retaining control is essential. Under The Data Protection Act, securing your information a legal requirement. In particular, one of its principles states that you cannot transfer data to a country or territory outside of the European Economic Area. This makes retaining visibility and control over how your information is stored, used and accessed is essential.
Maintaining control of your data in your own data centre should be relatively straight-forward, but once it exists across multiple environments, it quickly becomes a complex beast. Particular challenges of data management cited by cloud users are:
- Data protection (48%)
- Application performance (43%)
- Data governance (35%)
The first step to tackling data management
A global industry study of 1,000 C-level executives discovered that 63% of organisations with a hybrid-cloud strategy don’t have defined steps for implementing a cloud management platform. So where do you start?
Proper data management enables end-to-end monitoring and orchestration of your data, providing strategic insight across your entire hybrid-cloud environment. IDG Research Services says “IT managers should be able to administer both on-site and off-site environments from a single set of management tools. The levels of management and automation that exist in your data centre should ideally extend to the hybrid-cloud environment.”
Data Fabric: optimise your hybrid-cloud environment for real business agility
At its core, Data Fabric provides a cohesive and well-integrated way to manage enterprise data, regardless of the infrastructure upon which it resides. To overcome the issue of reconciling data management practices across incompatible data silos, Data Fabric enables you to harness the power of new and innovative services that are being built for cloud architectures, while maintaining control of the data.
NetApp envisions a Data Fabric that provides seamless enterprise data management across the hybrid-cloud that will:
- Automate service provisioning for agile, elastic operations.
- Automate storage management to control costs and manage risk.
- Broker workloads for optimal performance and availability.
- Report on and manage costs across the hybrid-cloud environment.
- Optimise spending over time on both internal and external platforms.