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);