In 2016 cloud storage will go hybrid – Fact: public cloud storage can be as little as a few pennies per gig per month. Also a fact: network transit, retrieval, and various security and performance add-ons balloon that cost. The net result is that public cloud storage gets expensive, quickly. In fact companies with more than a petabyte of cloud storage are finding it cheaper to deploy on-premises software-defined storage clusters. The cost of the data center, infrastructure, power, and cooling can be cheaper than public clouds. Expect to see companies use intelligent cloud gateways and software-defined storage that support hybrid cloud. Hot and warm data will remain in private clouds, while older, colder data gets migrated to public clouds. The catch? These solutions need to be smart enough to do this dynamic migration automatically. — Avinash Lakshman, Hedvig CEO.
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