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:
- Microsoft StorSimple;
- Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI) in combination with Hitachi Content Platform (HCP);
- EMC Cloud Tiering Appliance:
Or from within a backup perspective:
- NetApp SteelStore;
- CommVault Simpana Cloud Libraries;
Thanks for reading!