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Cloud-centric Approaches Bring a Different Way of Thinking

When companies decide to move to the cloud there is more to consider than; “which cloud do I choose?” and “How do I get my data there?”. Adopting a cloud-centric approach brings more questions for sure, but also gives more options and flexibility.

Traditional on-premises approaches often require rigid upfront multi-year commitments like:

          -Physical hardware kit with associated CapEx spending

          -Multi-year support contracts

          -Staff to manage and maintain the HW kit

          -Housing, cooling, power, etc.

Sizing these upfront commitments often relies on forward-looking “guesstimations” of future conditions and requirements that can be difficult to predict. As a result, the potential for over- or underestimating needs is very high. Especially businesses that have a very dynamic workload pattern (think of bursting or seasonal workloads) can have significant peaks and valleys, leading to dynamically changing real-time requirements that can not be handled by these traditional approaches.

Cloud approaches eliminate the need to foretell the future and allow IT to be dynamically right-sized to fit a need on demand. Even better, the cloud enables configuration flexibility that does not exist on-premises. There is no need to pick one type of configuration and stick with it for the coming 3 or 5 years, the cloud is much more forgiving. Guessed it wrong on the first try? Simply shut it down and re-deploy. Adopting a cloud-centric approach brings various business benefits:

          -Cloud economics = OpEx-centric. This enables a true consumption or “pay per use” business model

          -No reliance on physical hardware

          -Different configurations can be spun-up / spun-down on demand – there is no one size fits all

          -Resources can be dynamically right-sized to align with real-time business requirements.

          -Near-infinite resource scalability

For example, considering storage, it may not be feasible to have 10000 HDDs supporting a high-BW workload on -premises (e.g. due to physical constraints such as space, cooling, etc.).

In the cloud, those physical constraints no longer apply, delivering near-infinite flexibility to select the configuration best suited to the performance and cost profile of the workload.

Applications move faster than infrastructure

The goal of IT infrastructure is to deliver services to the users through the application layer. In traditional approaches, the application is often subordinate to the existing infrastructure.

Adopting a cloud-centric approach brings a different way of thinking to the IT admin. Previously they were typically constrained by a single system intended to fit all application workloads. Today, however, the cloud brings the flexibility to turn this approach around, enabling the configuration to fit the workload. If it doesn’t fit, they can use a different configuration. This flexibility brings true IT Infrastructure utility where services are defined by service outcomes, technical options & interfaces, and are paid based on resource usage, allocation, or the number of users served.

The right filesystem is key to sustain your Cloud Infrastructure
When thinking about running mission-critical applications in the Cloud you can face the challenge of data being trapped on-premises. Historically, the majority of applications have been designed with a filesystem in mind, so, I’m able to run my applications in the Cloud, but, I need a supporting filesystem to deliver the performance, security, data management capabilities, and communicates with common file-sharing protocols.

Public Cloud has been able to solve block and object challenges, but traditional NAS vendors are ‘molding’ legacy architecture to fit the Public Cloud. However, what’s truly needed is a file-system that’s vendor neutral, works across multi-clouds and can be deployed on-premises to support workloads that aren’t ready for cloud, creating a hybrid approach.

Elastifile was designed specifically to enable such flexibility in the storage domain

Elastifile’s truly software-defined and dynamically scalable fully managed service offering enables an architecture that is aligned with cloud flexibility and scale.

Easy to spin up through the cloud-native UI or through automation tools like Terraform, CloudFormation, etc,.. the Elastifile Cloud File System can be tuned to fit the workload requirements on-demand. Delivering a filesystem that is highly available (single zone, multi-zone, or even multi-cloud) and with linear performance scalability.

Whether it’s cloud bursting or delivering in-cloud high-performance file services for Media & Entertainment, Life Sciences, EDA, etc. or delivering a persistent and highly available storage layer for K8s, SAP or Databases, Elastifile will make sure the infrastructure fits your application workload needs without increasing complexity, inefficiency or cost.

Check out our use case specific solution briefs for more information on how we can enable your new way of cloud thinking.

Elastifile Solution Briefs

Elastifile Rendering Solution Brief

Elastifile Life Sciences/Biotech Solution Brief

Elastifile Financial Services Solution Brief

Elastifile EDA Solution Brief

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