The cloud often provides an invisible storage service, but, can: ease of management — ease of storage expansion — seamless data services — ease of “never having to migrate data again” — ability to automatically copy data from location to location — be extended to on-prem?
The good news is that in 2020 an increasing number of solutions are available that provide some if not all of these attributes.
For instance most HSM tools can now migrate from on-prem to cloud and back again, “global namespace” software can virtualise the asset’s location if the global namespace’s interfaces are used to access the assets . And, in the case of on-prem object storage, a full range of invisible storage services can be achieved right where you need to access use your assets.
In the year 2020, the year of invisible storage, we predict a great rise in Creatives seeking solutions that provide cloud like simplicity but with the speed of on-prem access, the pricing of on-prem and the ability to seamlessly link into hybrid workflows.
Suppliers: HSM providers, Global namespace providers, object storage providers.