Cloud Computing

Analyst Strategy Paper: Cloud Data Fabric – Enterprise Storage Services in the Cloud

The maturing public cloud infrastructure gains increasing importance as an attractive alternative to on-premise enterprise IT infrastructure. Public cloud infrastructure offer an abundance of possibilities to CIOs when it comes to operating existing infrastructure and application environments more flexibly and at a lower cost. However, the existing public cloud storage services have been developed with a focus on the new generation of applications. This is why they are less well prepared to run existing enterprise applications. At present, the requisite storage concepts, standards and technologies for use of legacy enterprise applications on public cloud infrastructure are still not available. In order to ensure the continued existence as well as the proper operations of conventional application architectures on public cloud infrastructures, it is necessary to transfer the established and widespread standards into the public cloud. As legacy applications still constitute the lion‘s share of potential cloud migration candidates for new types of cloud native applications, well-known storage concepts are required to ensure the migration of existing applications without modifications to a public cloud infrastructure, where they continue to be operated.

In the strategy paper “Cloud Data Fabric”, Crisp Research analyses and explains the different enterprise storage options in the cloud and illustrates how to establish storage management with public cloud infrastructure.

The strategy paper can be downloaded free of charge under “Cloud Data Fabric – Enterprise Storage Services in the Cloud“.

By Rene Buest

Rene Buest is Gartner Analyst covering Infrastructure Services & Digital Operations. Prior to that he was Director of Technology Research at Arago, Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead at Crisp Research, Principal Analyst at New Age Disruption and member of the worldwide Gigaom Research Analyst Network. Rene is considered as top cloud computing analyst in Germany and one of the worldwide top analysts in this area. In addition, he is one of the world’s top cloud computing influencers and belongs to the top 100 cloud computing experts on Twitter and Google+. Since the mid-90s he is focused on the strategic use of information technology in businesses and the IT impact on our society as well as disruptive technologies.

Rene Buest is the author of numerous professional technology articles. He regularly writes for well-known IT publications like Computerwoche, CIO Magazin, LANline as well as and is cited in German and international media – including New York Times, Forbes Magazin, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Computerwoche, CIO, Manager Magazin and Harvard Business Manager. Furthermore Rene Buest is speaker and participant of experts rounds. He is founder of and writes about cloud computing, IT infrastructure, technologies, management and strategies. He holds a diploma in computer engineering from the Hochschule Bremen (Dipl.-Informatiker (FH)) as well as a M.Sc. in IT-Management and Information Systems from the FHDW Paderborn.