February Meet @ Markley Recap: Archiving and Storing in the Cloud (the Right Way)

Posted on March 06, 2014 by Adam Burnham

At our latest Meet @ Markley gathering last week, we hosted a lively discussion on the right way for companies to integrate cloud storage into their existing data storage strategy. Some of the key points included how to tier data importance, what questions to ask before getting started and how to prioritize your storage requirements.

Markley Cloud Services Architect Aaron Patrick and our CTO, Patrick Gilmore, started by discussing the key steps that every company needs to take before moving any data over to the cloud. First, they said, it’s important to understand your individual storage requirements. While some may be obvious, like volume, speed and cost, there are a number of options to consider that are not so obvious, like high-end features (i.e. de-duplication, encryption, etc.), compliance and Recovery Time Objective (RTO).

Next, Aaron and Patrick broke down the four tiers that companies should divide data across. Those tiers include: Tier Zero, which should only be about five percent of your active data and include mission critical data; Tier One, around 20 percent of active data and reserved for business critical data, such as business apps; Tier Two, 75 percent – and where most of your data should live; and Tier Three (or cold data) which encompasses all of your data, especially for compliance purposes, but with lower performance and response times than the three previous tiers.

To close the session, participants engaged in an active Q&A, where conversation focused on current data storage strategies, specific company challenges and goals for cloud storage in the future.

It was another great Meet @ Markley event, and we appreciate all of the attendees who came to learn and share their knowledge on cloud storage. If there are any questions about the information we discussed, or if you would like to be on the list for our next Meet @ Markley, please email me at