SharePoint cloud storage can provide significant reduction in cost by drastically reducing the total costs of ownership of storage hardware and its associated management. It is interesting to examine the possible scenarios in which the potentials of cloud based storage can be exploited with SharePoint, in order to leverage a cloud storage platform in tandem with SharePoint infrastructure and how StorageEdge lets these possibilities turn into reality.
Cloud offers more possibilities to extend SharePoint with remarkable cost reduction with respect to storage, affordability and scalability. However, when cloud is considered as a storage tier for SharePoint content, the immediate concerns are regarding control and security. Since cloud-based storage means that you are offloading the storage of your content outside your SharePoint environment, lack of control regarding the management of storage is a natural consideration. So on one hand, it might appear as handing your content over to someone else to manage, whereas on the flipside, it surely provides you with an opportunity to reduce your storage costs remarkably.
Figure 1: Hybrid SharePoint Infrastructure
While we talk of the combination of SharePoint and cloud storage to gain operational efficiency and cost reduction, it would be worthwhile to highlight some of the potential considerations.
1. Security of Content:
With enterprise data to be stored in the cloud, it needs to be transmitted across the internet to a third party system for storage. As the data travels over the wire outside the controlled environment of the enterprise, it might be exposed to a number of potential threats.
2. Data Access Performance:
There may be situations when access latency of off premises data and outages can become a bottleneck. StorageEdge handles this very nicely by writing BLOBs to the Cloud in an asynchronous manner so the end-user doesn’t have to wait for it to be written completely.
3. Storage Service Uptime:
Storage service uptime is another important consideration which should match and remain in-line with your own SharePoint SLA windows regarding uptime and availability.
Similarly, some of the immediate benefits associated with storing SharePoint content off-premises in a cloud are:
1. Cost Reduction:
Operational costs associated with acquisition, operating and maintenance of storage hardware are immediately eliminated.
Storing data in the cloud allows an organization to consume it from anywhere.
Cloud can offer virtually limitless storage space at minimal cost.
4. Seamless Integration:
With solutions such as StorageEdge, the integration of cloud storage tiers into your SharePoint just becomes a matter of few clicks of configuration from within SharePoint.
Through its comprehensive BLOB externalization features, StorageEdge allows the enterprises to move content from its SQL database server to virtually any storage option including the cloud storage platforms. StorageEdge helps overcome many of the negative risks associated with cloud storage, as discussed above, through its extensive feature set, some of which are encryption of the content, compression, file shredding and encrypted file names.
So, StorageEdge takes care of your hybrid SharePoint infrastructure management needs. If proper care of the content externalized to cloud is not taken, the BLOBs security and control strategies could be compromised easily.