Cloud Tiering: Storage-Based vs Gateways vs File-Based

Which is Better and Why?

Cloud tiering enables enterprises to offload unused cold data into cost-efficient cloud storage and should yield significant savings. Most enterprises today have a corporate cloud strategy and are now looking to move file workloads to the cloud. When done correctly, cloud tiering is an easy path to the cloud.

But not all cloud tiering and archiving solutions are the same. You may end up paying more in cloud egress and storage licensing costs by picking the wrong strategy.

This paper compares three alternatives to move file data to the cloud:

  • Built-in storage cloud tiering (aka “pool” solutions)
  • Cloud storage gateways
  • File-level cloud tiering

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A petabyte of file data can easily be a few billion files, each with their metadata, of varying sizes, and varying formats. The approach you take to cloud data tiering could either save you millions or cost you 75%+ higher cloud costs.

6 Komponents of the Komprise Architecture

  • Komprise Elastic Grid
  • Komprise Policy Engine
  • Komprise Transparent Move Technology (TMT)
  • Komprise File System
  • Komprise Deep Analytics
  • Komprise Elastic Data Migration

Storage-Based Tiering is a Mismatch for the Cloud

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Cloud Tiering: Understand Your Use Case and Make the Right Choice

Built-in Storage Cloud Tiering (aka Pool) Cloud Storage Gateways File-Level Cloud Tiering w/Komprise
Ideal Use Cases Tier Snapshots from Flash Global File System Tier and Archive Cold Files to the Cloud
Built-in Storage Cloud Tiering (aka Pool) Cloud Storage Gateways File-Level Cloud Tiering w/Komprise
Approach Block-Level Block-Level File-Level
Eliminates Lock-In NO NO YES
Leverages Existing Infrastructure YES NO - 300% Higher Costs YES
Minimizes Cloud Egress Costs NO - 75% Higher Costs YES YES
Works Across File Storage NO NO YES
Users Access Moved Data without Disruption YES NO YES

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Komprise is the industry's only multi-cloud data management-as-a-service that frees you to easily analyze, mobilize, and access the right files and object data across clouds without shackling your data to any vendor. Don't compromise. Komprise.