From the AvidThink New Middle Mile report that features Aarna Networks, we see the following three use cases emerging for the cloud edge (aka the new middle mile) orchestration:
1. Edge MultiCloud Networking
2. Storage Repatriation
3. Cloud Edge Machine Learning
In part 1 of this blog series, we discussed the Edge MultiCloud networking use case.
In this blog, we’ll explore the storage repatriation use case. In an insightful piece by Andressen Horowitz titled “The Cost of Cloud, a Trillion Dollar Paradox”, the authors observed how the cloud is a powerful vehicle for a growth stage company to accelerate their journey and yet the same cloud is a drag for later stage companies by compressing their margins. The article continues with some best practices that include incremental repatriation back from the public cloud. In another article David Heinemeier Hansson discusses why Basecamp abandoned public clouds.
While we are not suggesting anything as radical as completely abandoning public clouds, we are suggesting that repatriating storage (and in future databases) to a datacenter location should be considered. You could also call this design pattern cloud-adjacent storage. By being on a neutral site, the user can enjoy numerous benefits:
An example of cloud adjacent storage is as follows:
The AES SaaS offering provides initial orchestration and ongoing management of topologies such as the one shown above. It features an easy-to-use GUI that can slash weeks of work into less than an hour. In case of a failure, AES includes fault isolation and roll-back capabilities. The first version of AES supports the following digital products (with more to come):