Cloud Tiering Done Right at Cloud Field Day 14

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We love to participate in the Tech Field Day sessions. Over the past few years we’ve gone from 100% remote presentations to hybrid to finally seeing the majority of delegates and the Gestalt IT team on-premises in Santa Clara in June. We always try to bring something new to the discussion and find ways to get out of just presenting PowerPoint slides. Last time Mike Peercy did a chalk talk deep dive of Komprise Transparent Move Technology™ (TMT) as part of our session, which focused on why unstructured data management must be independent from storage.

So what was the focus of our Cloud Field Day 14 session? Here’s Krishna introducing the session:

There were 3 sections to our Cloud Field Day 14 presentation:

In this post, I’ll summarize the key points in Kumar’s presentation.

Cloud Tiering Done Right

Kumar Goswami, Komprise CEO and co-founder, kicked off the day by focusing on how to better manage growing volumes of unstructured data more cost effectively while extracting greater value from your data by leveraging the full potential of the cloud.

He summarized the drivers for the massive movement to the cloud (digital transformation, data center consolidation, innovation, etc.) and the maturity of cloud NAS solutions (Qumulo, NetApp FSx ONTAP, NetApp Azure Files, etc.). He also highlighted the growing recognition that 80% of data is cold, which has made the importance of cloud tiering done right such an important topic in the enterprise.

Goswami discussed the importance of cloud-native data to maximize data efficiency, data access and data services. But the question always comes up: why not just use my storage vendor for cloud tiering?

  • Storage-centric cloud tiering is not cloud native and limits the usability of the cloud;
  • Storage-centric cloud tiering is good for storage efficiencies, not data efficiencies;
  • Maximizing cloud use requires “Smart Data Migration”, which is data-centric not storage-centric.

He goes on to share a specific cost and usability model that results in 10 times more savings by leveraging all the native cloud object and archive tiers with Komprise and gaining 95% greater access to cloud native data services.

Komprise provides an independent unstructured data management layer that works across on-premises file systems, object stores and cloud data storage environments. At this point in the presentation, we discuss how we define unstructured data and our Glossary of Terms gets a shout out from the delegates: thanks Karen!

To wrap up the first session, Kumar shared more details on Komprise market momentum, reviews our strategic partnerships and summarizes the impact we’re having on customers. You can watch the full presentation here:

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