Many CIOs are looking for better ways to control how they store, activate, manage, and monetize data, with some turning to storage as a service (STaaS) as part of their multi-cloud strategies, according to storage specialist Seagate Technology.
“Multi-cloud combines services and resources from multiple cloud providers to increase the flexible use and availability of various applications and services such as STaaS, software as a service, compute as a service, infrastructure as a service, and platform as a service,” commented Ravi Naik, chief information officer and executive vice president storage services for Seagate.
While multi-cloud implementation creates flexibility, managing storage across multiple clouds can create a great deal of complexity, he added: “It can be cost prohibitive because of added fees for transferring, storing, accessing, reading, and writing data. Variations in security control from one cloud to another can increase the risk of breaches. Meanwhile, keeping mass data on premises typically presents scalability limits, and enterprise backup environments are often messy, with multiple different backends for storage.”
STaaS, he said, helps overcome the challenge of managing explosive data growth: “As organizations combine public and private cloud services, they move data between multiple cloud platforms from time to time. In such a dynamic environment, they need the flexibility to scale up and scale down their storage and to do so in regular intervals. The ideal STaaS would offer a zero-commitment risk-free model that enables enterprises to pay for only the storage they use on a subscription basis. The resulting ability to pivot quickly is a critical advantage in a world where market conditions change in the blink of an eye.”