Jon Toor, Chief Marketing Officer, Cloudian
Data&StorageAsean: What are the benefits of cloud storage and how does cloud storage increase the IT capabilities of an enterprise/organization?
Jon Toor: Cloud storage provides IT managers another option in the IT toolkit, enabling data to be stored remotely under the management of a third party. This has many potential uses, such as storage for data protection or archiving. Having the data offsite provides geo isolation that makes it ideal for these purposes. Also, data in a remote location is often used for collaboration. If you’ve used a Dropbox type of service, you’ve already seen this in action.
Data&StorageAsean: How has cloud storage technology improved over the years?
Jon Toor: A major advance in cloud storage technology is the emergence of the S3 API as a de facto industry standard. S3 is the “language” of cloud storage, just as CIFS and NFS are the language of file services. As a result, we now see more applications supporting S3, allowing more users to deploy these applications in their data center and in the cloud. Common use cases include data protection, media and entertainment, healthcare, artificial intelligence, and many others.
Data&StorageAsean: Is security still a major concern when it comes to cloud storage? Is the concern justified?
Jon Toor: The decision about whether storage should be on-premises or in the cloud is driven by many factors. While security is a concern for all IT operations, security conversations related to cloud storage are most commonly driven by company policies and regulatory requirements.
Data&StorageAsean: Is cloud storage/backup still the top use case or main driver for cloud adoption?
Jon Toor: From Cloudian’s customers, storage is the main driver of cloud adoption. Cloudian offers on-premises storage systems that cloud providers deploy in their data centers to support cloud storage services. Many of the world’s top service providers use Cloudian systems as the foundation of services including S3-compatible cloud storage, backup and archive as a service, or collaboration as a service.
Data&StorageAsean: What is unique about your company's cloud storage offering(s)?
Jon Toor: Cloud service providers and enterprise customers use Cloudian to build private cloud services that scale limitlessly. Just as important, Cloudian systems can start small, letting customers begin with a system that meets their needs today, and then grow without interruption. Cloudian systems are available as pre-configured appliances or as software that runs on industry standard servers. Finally, Cloudian offers the only commercial system built from the start to support the S3 API, the standard interface for cloud enabled storage, ensuring the highest level of compatibility with the thousands of applications that use the S3 API.