Post pandemic the growth of digital data is unprecedented, particularly unstructured data which includes documents such as text / office files, images, audio and video files.
When we started Storage Made Easy we were dealing with Terabytes of data, which quickly moved to low end Petabytes. Now we deal with customers who are mid to high end Petabytes with the very large customers talking about how to move to Exabyte storage.
Hybrid Storage Architectures are a combination of private and public cloud data resources. The pandemic accelerated many companies to shift at least some data to the latter but most enterprise companies that we deal with have a combination of the two. A 2020 report by Flexera on the ‘state of the cloud’ shows that 93% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy and 87% have, in development, a hybrid cloud strategy.
When we first started Storage Made Easy (or SMEStorage as it was in its original incarnation) we had a vision of software that provided a unification hub for corporate data, a single place where companies could manage content and set common policies for their company data..
Our vision embraced multicloud early, in fact way before multicloud was in-vogue the company’s tagline was ‘SMEStorage the multicloud company’.
The very first Cloud connector we added was Amazon S3, way before Amazon Web Services was the behemouth it is today.
If you ask many companies they may not think about their data being multi-cloud. The thinking is more about their application estate.
On pressing you will be told that they may have windows filers, have a NAS or SAN, perhaps are using object storage either on-premises or on-cloud with something like Amazon S3, use email, perhaps outsourced to someone like Google, which also provide their employees with a cloud drive, are using a cloud based CRM such as Salesforce and perhaps a raft of other cloud based Apps that have file storing capabilities.
Congratulations, that is what a multi-cloud data company looks like in 2019 !
The great thing about API’s is that developers can create brand new apps that tap into an ecosystem of web services. This is especially true of data based services (after all if data is the new oil etc etc !). Why store your own proprietary App data when there are so many great data stores out there ? In fact why not make data key to your app proposition ?