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Erik Pounds is head of product marketing at SwiftStack.

You Will Go To The Cloud, But It’s Not As Easy As You Think

Whether for functional need, budgetary alignment, or due to top-down pressure, all companies will move to the public cloud at some level. If an organisation has less than, say, 50 terabytes of data to manage, it’s easy to move everything there. For those of you in this boat, you can stop reading this article and proceed directly to the cloud, and collect $200. For those with hundreds of terabytes, even petabytes, of data this is challenging and unrealistic. The business value of public cloud infrastructure is desirable, but when there are such large volumes of data, it’s hard to get there. “Lift and shift” strategies to mimic on-site infrastructure in the cloud are not often viable when petabytes of data are involved, and many businesses need to keep at least some data on the premises. Luc...