Lingo Explained: Cloud On-Ramp System

In the time of cloud, we come across various terms related to cloud or the former Application Service Providers (ASPs). A term I haven’t heard before is a “Cloud On-Ramp System”. The term originates from a Hitachi Development Story I read about centralizing data from remote sites to a central location or a cloud service provider.

The Cloud On-Ramp System as defined by Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) can be seen as a device which is installed on premise, but acts as a portal between your local IT environment and the cloud. The system uses the cloud to:

  • provide scalability and flexibility (capacity management);
  • avoid the need to backup your data once it’s stored in the cloud (data protection);
  • perform storage tiering by moving non-accessed data to the cloud and vice-versa (storage optimization);
  • combine the tiering process with pre-defined deletion rules (Information Lifecycle Management);

Additionally, the onsite system can provide some additional functionalities such as data encryption to safely store the data in the cloud, leverage archiving functionalities, provide more data insight and so on…

I think it’s important to mention that Hitachi is not the only vendor looking into cloud adoption in this particular way. A little list to provide some guidance into the world of Cloud On-Ramp Systems:

  1. Microsoft StorSimple;
  2. Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI) in combination with Hitachi Content Platform (HCP);
  3. EMC Cloud Tiering Appliance:

Or from within a backup perspective:

  1. NetApp SteelStore;
  2. CommVault Simpana Cloud Libraries;

Thanks for reading!


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