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PA IN THE MEDIA

Hybrid cloud a key milestone on the road to cloud storage

PA Consulting’s Rahul Gupta, a business technology expert, is quoted in an article in Computer Weekly. Rahul shares his views on how the cloud can be used to store the rapidly growing amounts of digital data that is being generated. Cloud storage currently accounts for just 1% of all digital data, the article reports.

So far, the most mature part of the cloud storage market is backup and recovery, and archiving. Commenting on the benefits of cloud for backup, Rahul says: “Backup can be costly, but you can do the same at a cheaper price and with a better recovery time objective (RTO) in the cloud.”

The article goes on to talk about how storage providers are updating their on-premise and datacentre storage systems for greater compatability with the cloud. This is to allow bulk storage to stay on-site – or in a private cloud – and to hand off storage to a cloud-based provider where it makes sense to do so. Rahul explains that the business benefit of cloud storage needs to be sufficient, to outweigh these costs: “Whether businesses should consider a multi-cloud strategy will depend on their maturity … When you are building solutions, look what happens when you move [the data] to someone else.”

Read the full article on Computer Weekly 

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