Six Things Every CIO Must Consider Before Moving Their Data to the Cloud

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By Michael Elliott, NetApp Cloud Evangelist

I’ve written previously about the value of data and the importance of how organizations develop their data fabric strategy. To that end, let’s discuss the six fundamental components every CIO must consider for maintaining and ensuring the continuity of their data, and ultimately supporting their organization’s business goals. These are, in no particular order:

Visibility: Understanding the state and location of our data at all times is the first priority in a data fabric strategy. Visibility provides the control necessary to ensure that you can see your data, that you know that you have the right data and that data can be interconnected across domains.


Mobility: As you seek the optimal compute environment for your applications, the location of your data is an important consideration. Mobility within a data fabric framework allows you to move data where you need it, when it needs to be there, across cloud ecosystems. It ensures that your data seamlessly moves across infrastructures and environments.


Freedom: Ensuring data independence and avoiding absolute vendor lock-in in a hybrid cloud ecosystem is key as you develop your hybrid cloud strategy. Creating the ability to be proactive and transformational in how applications are deployed and where data resides will ensure the flexibility and freedom to move applications and data throughout a hybrid ecosystem.


Speed: Strategic advantage is created by bringing products and services to market faster than competitors. The achievement of this speed within an organization is ultimately dependent on access to strategic data.


Efficiency: Creating both economic and operational efficiency allows you to control costs, leverage processes and tools, and improve performance. How your data contributes to or prevents this organizational efficiency is a key consideration in your cloud strategy.


Agility: Ultimately, all roads lead to agility. An organization’s ability to remain competitive, to innovate and to differentiate requires data visibility, mobility, freedom, speed and efficiency.


Looking forward, CIO’s must focus on addressing these six fundamental components of data continuity to support their organization’s business goals. Ensuring and maintaining this continuity can be achieved through a data fabric strategy.


Data Fabric is NetApp’s vision for the future of data management. It gives you the freedom to seamlessly manage your data across the hybrid cloud. You can move data where you need it most, innovate faster, and always make the best decisions for you and your organization.


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