Cloud First Strategy for the Future: Part 1

Over the past decade, the phrase ‘cloud first’ has become common language among those involved in business technology. The term has developed a definition all on its own and essentially refers to cloud-based technology as being a leader in the industry. It has established itself in conversations regarding IT projects in industries across the board and has most recently become a trend to look out for in 2021. 

While storage is simplified after a business makes the transition to cloud first, there are a few pre-requisites for making the change as uncomplicated as possible. Before researching the long list of cloud providers, it’s helpful to establish your team’s role in the process, which will give you an idea of the amount of time that will be involved. By embracing the process and being prepared, you will set your company up for success. With that said, you’ll need to enroll the help of trusted employees who are both qualified and dedicated to managing a cloud project. This will entail solid communication skills and project management, so it’s critical to recruit those who’ve displayed those qualities in previous job roles. 

Regardless of size, every business environment has files that fit a variety of different categories, and it’s up to you to ask the appropriate questions that will help guide you to a solid backup system. How much capacity are your files consuming? What is the age of the files? When were they last utilized? How rapidly are these files growing? And most importantly, how much are they costing you? 

Over the past year, the growing need for a remote workforce has been more pronounced than ever before, which has increased the demand for cloud storage. For most companies, it is no longer an option to have the capability to access data and files from anywhere, and instead,  it has become a necessity. As a worldwide leader in the management and control of unstructured file data, DefendX provides the technology that manages the storage resources of more than 20 million users. It is for this reason that they have recently made it their mission to create cutting edge software that supports the big push to ‘cloud first.’

With the emerging cloud technologies, DefendX saw the need to create a product that connects the cutting edge components of the future to the traditional ones of the past, bridging the two in a way that their competitors have not. The result of this creation is the Hitachi Vantara Cloud Platform, which is a collection of products that allow clients to achieve the best enterprise data value, regardless of where it resides. Cloud capability is reliant on the storage system, data analytics, and a transformation system that when combined, provides a storage solution that can help lead to smarter business decisions while minimizing the high costs and necessary involvement. 

The Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) doesn’t hinder the repository and offers rich metadata capability that is hard to find in other file movement products. Knowing the importance of this critical feature, DefendX Software Mobility includes all the necessary metadata with a file transition into the HCP. The HCP offers maximum value by including permissions, ownership, and the complete set of file creation and access metrics, all things that need to be considered when making the leap to cloud first. 

In addition to the obvious cost-effective perks of going ‘cloud first,’ there are no requirements to have on site hardware or capital expenses, making it more convenient and flexible. Hitachi Content Intelligence (HCI) adds to this flexibility by providing the necessary tools that identify files for movement into the HCP so your technology team can free up their time and focus on other company goals. HCI is a powerhouse when it comes to moving data and it has the capability to move robust data seamlessly thanks to its potent integration interface. 

Adding to the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of the platform, DefendX Software Mobility has the power to accommodate clients interested in HCI and/or HCP on demand. This combination keeps track of multiple destinations allowing for several different targets that support archive, tiering, and migration policies as a piece of the independent solution for HCP, or in other cases, as a bridge between HCI and HCP. 

Growing rapidly over the past year, DefendX has consistently worked toward bettering the opportunities for businesses to grow in a changing work culture. 

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