Have you heard the term data fabric? For IT service providers, data fabrics not only solve many serious IT issues but they are a new revenue source—and one that will make your customers loyal to you because they will immediately see the advantages.
For your customers, data fabrics allows them to focus on doing what they do best—and let you as an IT service provider handle the rest. Data fabrics can be used on-premises, in a data center, in the public cloud, or in a multi-cloud environment.
Trevor Pott, IT expert extraordinaire, wrote an article for us recently on this phenomenon, and how data fabrics will come to rule the popular hybrid/multi-cloud set up.
Why Data Fabrics?
It’s no secret that data storage has had to adjust to the new hybrid multi-cloud world. But this is where data fabrics shine
In his article, Pott argues that data fabrics “help rationalize and optimize an organization’s existing storage investments, whilst making expansion and scaling of storage significantly easier.”
Because, as Pott writes, “data fabrics lash together storage from multiple sources,” they provide the tools for complete data management, including any on-premises storage, SAN and NAS, as well as clouds.
Data Fabrics and Multi-Cloud for the Service Provider
With the growth and acceptance of cloud computing, data fabrics allow an IT service provider to make infrastructure space available over the Internet, manage it, and rent it out to customers with a self-service portal.
Without data fabric technology, this process is near impossible to set up and manage. This is not to say that the on-premises data center is disappearing.
Pott suggests we are seeing a “stratification of workloads.” And that means managing it all is more complex.
Again, a data fabric is the answer to managing data growth and storage complexities.
Solving Your Customers’ Problems
Solving a customer’s problem—in this case data management—is the key for IT service providers.
Data fabrics allow service providers to offer fully managed IT infrastructures with lots of opportunity for consulting and add-on business.
For example, a customer’s workloads can operate in a service provider’s cloud, in a large public cloud, or on the customer’s premises. Add-on services could include backup verification, security audits, hardware integration, etc.
ioFABRIC has designed a data fabric that gives IT service providers the platform to offer complete data management services.
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