Adopting an IaC approach to storage offers freedom from storage infrastructure considerations
Today’s multicloud world allows you to move applications and/or functions between clouds depending on your needs, but it also puts you in the position of having to understand the different storage requirements of each cloud provider. These providers have their own unique storage offerings and parameters, which differ not only from each other but also from storage being used in private cloud deployments.
Infrastructure as code (IaC) can be invaluable in navigating this multicloud environment. Over the past couple of years, IaC has become well-known in application development as a type of IT infrastructure that can be managed and provisioned automatically using a common template.
The same basic principle can be applied to the way you approach storage across clouds. With IaC, your applications can consume storage in a consistent manner across all environments and providers so you don’t have to worry about the specific infrastructure aspects of each cloud platform. It offers an abstraction layer that essentially eliminates inconsistencies in the ways various providers handle storage while gaining a consistent set of interfaces that help you manage applications across clouds.
IaC and Storage
Here are three ways IaC can help you leverage different clouds to your advantage, regardless of their storage requirements.
Freedom to Move
One of the things that make multicloud environments so great is being able to take advantage of the unique benefits of different clouds, particularly as your needs and business requirements change. For example, it may be more cost-effective to host certain functionality in one cloud over another during peak hours, and then move that functionality back to a different cloud in off-peak times.
With an IaC approach, you can have greater application portability so you can move applications across clouds or regions. You won’t be encumbered by specific infrastructure components or physical locations. You can transfer workloads as necessary. The abstraction layer can enable you to manage those workloads in the same way across all clouds.
You can also protect your data by automatically replicating copies of object data across multiple clouds. If one copy is compromised, the data will continue to be available in other locations. You’ll have the resiliency to keep your applications running without interruption.
Freedom to Keep Your Data Close
Data gravity can improve performance by decreasing latency. This is especially important for applications that need fast access to data or depend on large data sets. The closer the data is to the application, the better that application can perform.
To maintain performance, you must be able to move your data along with your applications. The abstraction layer enables you to do this because it removes the barriers and various data parameters that exist between different cloud providers. You can migrate your application’s data along with the application itself.
Freedom to Scale
You may be employing a number of different size workloads and storage types for various applications–traditional file storage for smaller workloads or object or block storage for larger and growing datasets, for example. Regardless of what you have today, you’ll want the freedom to scale out your storage as business needs change. The abstraction layer enables you to embrace a diversity of workloads without worrying about whether they’ll be supported in a particular cloud environment. You can also repatriate your applications back on-premises if the costs of using a public cloud become too exorbitant or if your security or performance needs change.
Yet you can’t put a price on flexibility, which is instrumental to modern agile software development. You need the flexibility to move between clouds with ease. Adopting an IaC approach will give you the freedom to let go of storage infrastructure considerations and focus your energy on developing the best applications possible.