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CTERA 2015 Predictions: Organizations Will Need to Be in the Know when Upgrading ROBO Storage to Cloud from Microsoft Server


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Contributed article by Jeff Denworth, SVP Marketing, CTERA

Organizations Will Need to Be in the Know when Upgrading ROBO Storage to Cloud from Microsoft Server

With the impending end of support for Windows Server 2003 and expiring hardware support for 2008-based servers, many enterprise IT organizations are exploring evolutionary alternatives to their existing branch office strategies, including cloud storage gateways. However, data size and access patterns need to be a priority when making these decisions, and caching gateways are not always the best option. What follows is an outline of what enterprise IT should consider in light of Microsoft's upcoming end of support.

Know & Understand the Options

When evaluating cloud storage gateways, there are two primary options: 
  • Caching Gateways are sometimes used to replace or accelerate enterprise network-attached storage (NAS) systems such as large-scale monolithic or scale-out file systems. Caching gateways can be more economical for large, dormant datasets by managing infrequently used data back and forth from the cloud. Caching gateways are frequently built with higher-power storage technology than other gateways and can cost over $100K.
  • Sync Gateways are often chosen to replace small to medium branch office storage. They cost as low as $1,000 and are used for file and backup services of small datasets where the cloud is a disaster recovery target. Unlike caching gateways, the authoritative namespace lives at the branch and snapshots are efficiently managed in the cloud.

Clearly a full migration of all application workloads running on Windows Server 2003 is not possible. That said, it is extremely important that enterprise IT organizations know and understand all their options before making any decisions.


About the Author

Jeff Denworth, SVP Marketing, has over a decade of experience with big data and cloud storage technologies. Prior to CTERA, Jeff served as VP of Marketing at DataDirect Networks (DDN) where he oversaw marketing, business and corporate development during a time of rapid growth from $70M to over $250M in annual sales. Previous to DDN, Jeff held sales roles at Cluster File Systems, Inc and Dataram Corporation.
Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014 11:10 AM by David Marshall
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