Navigating Cloud Adjacent Storage and Multi-Cloud Connectivity Trends

The cloud computing landscape is on the cusp of a seismic shift, with IDC forecasting that cloud services will soon surpass the remarkable milestone of $1 trillion USD. In this dynamic environment, it's no surprise that over 75% of enterprises are either already in the process of adopting or planning to embrace multi-cloud strategies starting in 2024.

As we look ahead, several trends are emerging as driving forces and new opportunities in this transformative wave. In this blog we’ll take a closer look at one of these key strategies — cloud adjacent storage.

Cloud Adjacent Storage at the Edge

The prediction that data creation is expected to reach 180 zettabytes by 2025 underscores the incredible growth in the volume of data being generated globally due to various factors such as 5G, FWA, big data, and AI.

This rapid increase poses challenges for traditional data storage and management approaches in the cloud, especially multi-cloud approaches that create complexity, security concerns, and governance questions. Another challenge is cost overruns, especially in egress costs can spike under changing usage conditions. 

A solution to this can be found in distributed edge computing where data processing and storage are brought closer to the location where data is generated, rather than relying solely on centralized cloud data centers.

As shown in the above diagram, the combination of Equinix Metal and PureStorage FlashBlade colocation solutions offers a compelling approach to address the evolving data landscape. Equinix Metal and PureStorage solutions via Aarna Edge Services (AES) connect to the three public clouds and toolsets allowing for optimal edge storage adjacent to the cloud with low latency and stateless spot instances. 

Critical Infrastructure and Workload Automation

Managing and optimizing multiple cloud environments is a daunting task that incurs additional OPEX, such as hiring staff skilled in multi-cloud, or training  existing IT teams. These tasks slow down cloud adjacent storage adoption and optimization strategies. 

Recognizing this need, Aarna Networks began the development of Aarna Edge Services (AES) in 2022. AES is a SaaS platform that simplifies management and orchestration of edge storage and multi-cloud connectivity infrastructure over the Equinix and Pure Storage platforms. It leverages policy-driven automation to simplify the deployment, configuration, and monitoring of cloud-native infrastructure and high-performance computing (HPC) stacks. This allows organizations to focus on their AI workloads without getting bogged down in infrastructure management. 

Aarna Edge Services (AES)

AES automates the provisioning of multi-cloud AI workloads, ensuring they run efficiently across cloud-native technologies. This flexibility allows for the utilization of stateless CPU and GPU cloud spot instances on-demand, optimizing resource usage. This also  simplifies the integration of off-the-shelf, mature cloud-based AI and big data solutions,  enabling organizations to tap into advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, and big data tools without the complexities often associated with big data and AI application stack implementation. This of course leads to more data and more use of storage (a virtuous cycle in our case). 

AES Beta testing has shown the ability to optimize enterprise cloud spending by more than 50%. This cost efficiency is achieved by intelligent resource allocation and dynamic utilization of cloud spot instances when available, reducing overall cloud expenses while maintaining high levels of reliability, performance, and security.

Learn more about Aarna’s Cloud Adjacent Storage Solution. 

Learn more about Aarna Edge Services.

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