6. Reduce Data Transfer Costs
Mohan noted that some organizations grouch about the high price tag for data transfer. If you find, then, that your foray into the public cloud has shifted from simply dumping data there to moving lots of information back and forth, there are ways to cut costs.
“As the volume data transfer out increases, services like AWS Direct Connect can help reduce data transfer costs for organizations,” he said.
7. Combine Compute and Storage
Those looking at the cloud only for storage may be taking too limited a view, said Gary Watson, vice president of technical engagement, Nexsan. He pointed out that there are also cloud compute services which, when combined with storage, can provide greater value from the cloud and further reduce upfront costs for new in-house hardware.
“The public cloud can be the best solution when the compute layer is also in the cloud,” said Watson. “For example when you connect Amazon EC2 to S3 and use the rest of the surrounding cloud ecosystem.”
8. Use the Public Cloud for Shared Content
Another smart way to make use of the public cloud is for content that is to be shared with the public. This can save time and expense in erecting different internal storage compartments and policing access controls. After all, you don’t want people poking around in your publicly available files then being able to slip into more sensitive areas of the enterprise. Sticking all public data into the cloud is one way to ensure separation.
“If the output file is going to be shared with public, it makes sense to put a copy in the public cloud,” said Michael King, senior director of marketing operations, DDN. “Not only does this make it easier to make it accessible to the public, but you reduce the risk of inadvertently exposing other internal data to the public.”
9. Enable Collaboration
King also called attention to collaboration with remote office workers, partners and suppliers external to the enterprise. In-house-based collaboration applications are likely to be more rigid and pricier than those that use the public cloud, particularly if security is not a major concern. Dropbox, he said, is one example of this where it is easy to share files and data with a specified group.
10. Use Technology to Improve Data Transfer
Services are available that make it possible to move data sets around the planet economically while continuing to harness the relatively cheap cost of public cloud storage. For example, Panzura makes uses of caching appliances (with deduplication built in) in various locations which work in tandem with Azure.
Take the scenario where you are conducting global software development: dev is in one location and test in another. In this case, 50 GB files took 10 hours to transmit. And several were being relayed each day.
“This was brought down to less than a minute,” said Barry Phillips, chief marketing officer at Panzura.
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