With so much talk about cloud-native applications, it’s easy to forget that there’s still a lot to accomplish by moving your traditional enterprise applications to the cloud. But, there are also a lot of challenges.

Traditional applications were made for the data center, with fast, ultra-reliable hardware behind them. Moving them – or lifting and shifting them – to a cloud environment can force you to choose between poor application performance or re-architecting the application. And, let’s face it, more often than not you’ll opt to postpone or simply cancel moving an exiting application to the cloud if too much development work is required.

Other challenges you may be facing include vendor lock-in as you assess the effort and expense of moving data between cloud providers or back in house. Or, reliability as you calculate the possible cost and risk of data loss when you see that the typical annual failure rate of cloud storage is 0.2%. Migration difficulty can also be a factor, as typically moving data and applications to the cloud can be a slow, and often manual, process.

Reduce the Lift and Shift

To overcome these challenges, it’s time to consider the value of employing new strategies for data mobility. Mobility technology will free your enterprise applications from the confines of traditional hosted data centers and allow them to quickly on-ramp to the cloud – and back – as you require. Thus, you can move your existing applications much easier, without the risk. And, they won’t need to be re-written or architected to get there.

Avoid the Lock-In Trap

Once your data is stored with one cloud provider, it can be hard and expensive to move it anywhere else. This is very limiting because you can only use or access your data within the confines of that cloud provider.

Data mobility will allow you to move and use your data, regardless of the cloud provider, among multiple cloud providers or in your own private cloud in your data center. This eliminates lock-in and gives you choice. As such, you can take advantage of the resources across multiple clouds and optimize your selection based on price, availability and location, as you need.

Turn to Multicloud Solutions

To avoid the vendor lock-in and ensure an easy on-ramp to the cloud, look at multicloud solutions such as HPE Nimble Storage. These enterprise-grade solutions deliver cloud storage that will enable you to use your choice of multiple cloud providers without migrating your data. They also enable you to easily move data to and from your data center and the cloud without the headache of rearchitecting. The plus? These cloud storage solutions are easy to use, and often more reliable than native cloud storage without compromising on functionality or flexibility.

The Value of a Multicloud Storage Service

Easy-to-use, a multicloud storage service such as HPE Cloud Volumes provides an enterprise-grade service for running your application in Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. What can you expect?

  • It’s as easy to use as native cloud storage, but with the enterprise-grade reliability and features your applications need
  • It’s designed for easy data mobility, so you have the freedom to move data to, from, or between public clouds and your data center without being locked in
  • Plus, with InfoSight predictive analytics, you gain global visibility and insights across the stack no matter where your data lives.

Storage to Keep Pace with Your Business

If your data growth demands are making it hard for your storage to keep up with the pace of business, listen to this on-demand webinar. Together, with HPE’s storage architect, Greg Criswell, I cover the top five questions you need to ask as you evaluate your next array as well as key storage topics including:

  • How to think about right sizing a storage array for the best performance and capacity
  • Which data protection and security attributes are needed these days (and which are overkill)
  • How much your cloud connectivity requirements should influence your next array decision
  • Which data management, analytics, and operational features offer the best bang for the buck

Watch the webinar. Then learn more in this whitepaper, HPE Nimble Storage sets six nines availability.