Deciding on a cloud strategy that is right for your business can often be as nebulous as the clouds currently hovering over my office. What we do know for sure is the initial rush to the cloud seems to have corrected itself, in fact, according to ESG research, 41% of organizations currently using IaaS have moved at least one application/workload from a public cloud infrastructure service back to on-premises resources. This isn’t because public cloud is bad, it’s just complicated – but that’s where we can help. If your primary driver in considering a public cloud is cost – then it may surprise you that building your cloud with Hitachi Content Platform can actually deliver a lower TCO than leading public cloud vendors.
In a recently published third-party economic audit, ESG explored the total cost of purchasing and owning the industry leading, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) on-premises storage versus the costs associated with renting object storage from a leading public cloud vendor. The result? An HCP on-premise solution delivers a 62% total cost of ownership savings over public cloud storage.
ESG considered upfront investments (or lack thereof), the amount of storage, maintenance and support, network fees, power, and cooling, and space. ESG leveraged the publicly available pricing of industry-leading public cloud vendors, and Hitachi pricing tools to compare the cost of renting public storage vs. purchasing and managing HCP on premises over time. The initial analysis began with the costs associated with 5,000 TB of usable storage capacity over a five-year period of ownership
If you’re interested in seeing the complete evaluation and results you can access the full third-party economic audit here: https://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/pdf/analyst-content/economic-audit-value-of-hcp-storage.pdf
As you consider which cloud strategy is best for your business, we know it is not a one size fits all. No longer is this a cost driven choice – or a matter of just public or private, the answer for many, is a little of both.
So now that we’ve taken costs out of the equation when it comes to an on-premise vs an off-premise solution – let’s take a deeper look into why Hitachi Content Platform is the ideal object storage solution for whatever solution you decide to deploy. The benefits of Hitachi Content Platform go well beyond storage and cost. HCP can help manage data more holistically in order to meet regulatory requirements, reduce legal risk or risk of exposure, automate data management and workflow, increase productivity and support deeper search and analytics to uncover new insights. The HCP portfolio works together to consolidate, archive, automate, mobilize, protect, search and analyze data according to business needs. Built upon proven object storage architecture, you can reduce risk, accelerate productivity and increase profitability. HCP is unique in that it can be extended to enable a highly productive mobile and remote workforce without sacrificing visibility or control.
When configured to work with the public cloud of your choice, HCP turns into a powerful multi-cloud data management layer which allows you to choose where your data is stored based on value, activity rates, sensitivity, access speed and cost. Recently, HCP has a number of enhancements that further extend the benefits of an on premises service compared with industry-leading public cloud solutions:
- HCP Anywhere edge for sync-based cloud file services at remote and branch offices.
- Hitachi Content Monitor for enhanced storage, system, and performance monitoring across multiple HCP clusters.
- To further optimize costs, HCP S supports geo-distributed erasure coding, which reduces protection capacity overhead in multi-site configurations and speeds rebuild times after media failures.
For more information on the economic value of Hitachi Content Platform as the foundation for your multi-cloud strategy , access the ESG report here: https://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/pdf/analyst-content/economic-audit-value-of-hcp-storage.pdf
Hybrid Cloud Success Stories
How Hitachi Content Platform was able to help University of Utah’s Health’s hybrid cloud
“With HCP, what we found is that we’re getting much better performance out of the infrastructure than what we expected or planned for. This has given us a lot more flexibility than we originally anticipated with respect to supporting customer- owned assets as well as our own infrastructure.” – CEO ThinkOn