Cloud WarsLast week Cisco Systems Inc. pledged to spend $1 billion over the next two years to enter a market currently led by Amazon.com Inc., the largest online retailer in the world.

Cisco will be building data centers to help run the new service which they have named Cisco Cloud Services. Cisco currently deals in networking hardware and is seeking to profit from the companies wishing to rent computing services rather than buying and maintaining their own hardware. 

As budgets shrink and uncertain economies abound, companies are now being forced to get creative with how they manage their data.

Here are a few ways to mitigate the risk of extensive capital investment.

1. Outsource

Most companies have either just bought or are about to buy hardware updates for their storage infrastructures. For this reason, we do not see see a massive migration away from in-house storage anytime soon. While having all of your data managed by someone else is ideal for many IT folks, a lot of storage pros just are not ready yet. In the meantime, we have noticed the trend of companies who are hiring outside help for a number of roles. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the storage industry, such as EMC, NetApp and others are no longer providing the best, most cost-effective options when it comes to maintenance and support. As a result, many storage pros are turning to third-party providers who will support existing hardware. 

2. Cloud Providers, Get Creative!

As the tech industry does move towards the cloud, hardware will still be a factor! As storage providers look to lower their overhead and provide great service, pre-owned storage can be a big cost offset. Here at Reliant, we work with many customers interested in used EMC and refurbished NetApp hardware as a means of solving their performance issues at lower costs. We regularly find that certain products, such as EMC CX4, stand-alone EMC drives, other EMC CLARiiON products or a variety of used NetApp hardware solve a lot of performance (and cost) issues outright.

3. Data Centers, Get Ready

As companies like Cisco, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Rackspace aggressively compete in a growing industry, data centers will continue to grow. This is great for the data center industry. The best thing data centers can do is to get competitive not only about their pricing, but also in terms of the technology they offer.

 

Reliant is ready to help you prepare for your next storage upgrade. Or if you’re making a move to the cloud, you may need a storage rental or upgrades to hold you over. Contact us today at Sales@Reliant-Technology.com