In the previous post we talked about the benefits of having a hybrid cloud for your storage infrastructure. If you haven’t read it, it’s here. But for many private cloud users who already own one or more QNAP NAS, what are the advantages of adding a public cloud and build a hybrid cloud storage environment with QNAP HybridMount and VJBOD Cloud gateway solutions? Let’s find it out.
- Streamlined backup/restore/sync: you can now use one or more cloud storage services to easily build a complete backup plan that meets the 3-2-1 backup rule: at least three (3) copies of your data, and store two (2) backup copies on different storage media, with one (1) of them located offsite.
- Simplified infrastructure & expansion: without a hybrid cloud storage infrastructure, you need to set up multiple QNAP NAS to back up each other. You also need some expansion enclosures if you run out of capacity with your NAS. These are all physical appliances which take up additional space and maintenance tasks. With QNAP NAS as a hybrid cloud storage gateway, your storage capacity is virtually unlimited with easy expansion of public cloud storage that is charged by usage. Your infrastructure can be simplified with lowered cost and reduced management efforts.
- Big data/AI intelligence: in a hybrid cloud storage scenario, when you have a massive amount of data that need to be processed, you can easily use QNAP NAS as a gateway to ingest data and then pass it to the public cloud for processing, eliminating the need to host the computing resource on-premises. You own virtually unlimited computing power at a tiny fraction of the cost comparing to building a supercomputer yourselves.
- Easy collaboration: for a multi-site organization, you can easily set up the QNAP NAS located in different branch offices to sync their data to the cloud, and vice versa. Information can be seamlessly shared across the globe for streamlined collaboration without complex VPN settings and/or infrastructure.
- The same user experience: with QNAP hybrid cloud storage gateway solutions, you can access the mounted public cloud service using SAMBA/AFP/NFS/iSCSI protocols just like a normal local volume/LUN. A flat learning curve means less client reconfiguration efforts and higher utilization of your new investment.
- Valuable cost savings: by using public cloud services, you’re converting part of your CapEx to OpEx, which many businesses prefer. No large upfront investments are made, and financial forecasts are more stable and predictable. Maintenance efforts are also minimized.
- Digital transformation: public clouds can help you digitally transform your business or organization with its virtually unlimited potential. By using QNAP NAS as a gateway to bridge public and private clouds, these possibilities await to be discovered for revolutionizing your existing business model.
With so many benefits of converting your on-premises QNAP NAS to a hybrid cloud storage infrastructure, what are you waiting for? Visit our dedicated page now and look for a service provider that meets your requirements! In the upcoming post we’ll be discussing about how businesses already on the public cloud can benefit by adding a QNAP NAS to their on-premises infrastructure. Till the next time!