Cloud Computing

Analyst Strategy Paper: How to resist Data Gravity

As a result of growing digitization of business models and processes, CIOs and IT decision-makers are compelled to seek new sourcing models and infrastructure concepts. The Public Cloud plays a major role in this context. In the digital age, the significance of data management takes on a new dimension. Data have certain inertia and, hence need to be assigned to different classes so that they comply with regulations, legal requirements, technical limitations and individual safety classes. This so-called „Data Gravity“ impacts the mobility of data. New storage concepts are needed to process these hard-to-move data out-side of one‘s own IT infrastructure without loss of control. Hybrid and multi-cloud storage architectures provide implementation strategies and robust usage scenarios that are aligned with the new requirements. Within these architecture concepts, the data are located in a company-controlled area and the data owner is the only person who determines which parts are to be stored in the public cloud. Accordingly, all benefits of public cloud infrastructures can be utilized without losing control of one‘s data, while fulfilling the necessary compliance guidelines and legal requirements.

In the strategy paper “How to resist Data Gravity”, Crisp Research analyses and explains the connection between “data gravity” and the public cloud and illustrates new ways to reduce the impact.

The strategy paper can be downloaded free of charge under “How to resist Data Gravity“.

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.