Published on December 12, 2023, 3:06 pm

A universal storage layer is revolutionizing the way organizations manage data and applications in today’s multicloud environments. This innovative technology acts as a bridge, connecting diverse storage infrastructures in public and private cloud locations for streamlined management, improved service levels, and increased IT agility.

In the fast-paced world of technology, constant adaptation and innovation are essential for organizations to stay ahead. However, managing multicloud and sprawling edge environments can pose challenges when it comes to maintaining agility and speed. With different standards and formats in place, data and applications often get trapped in isolated islands, inhibiting efficient usage across various locations.

Recent research has shown that 98% of enterprises have adopted a multicloud approach. While this strategy provides access to the right tools and cost management, siloed operations across different clouds can drive up costs and reduce agility. This complexity can hinder innovation – something that technology is meant to enable.

To address these challenges, a unified approach known as a universal storage layer offers a solution. By bringing together enterprise performance, resilience, and cost-efficiency across all locations (including public cloud), this architecture enables organizations to achieve flexibility, speed, and newfound innovations at an improved cost.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a crucial role in driving innovation today. However, many IT leaders face complexities when it comes to optimizing application and data portability on multicloud platforms. According to research by Intel, 82% of IT decision-makers prefer an on-prem or hybrid model for Generative AI projects. To fully leverage AI potential while minimizing complexity, organizations require a flexible architecture built on a universal storage layer.

Consider the example of a remote healthcare clinic utilizing generative AI algorithms to monitor patients in real-time. Instead of investing in the infrastructure required to run these algorithms on-site, the clinic can collect data at remote locations and store it in a centralized data center. By leveraging an AI algorithm in the public cloud along with common storage services, the clinic can extract vital insights without the need for complex infrastructure implementation.

The key advantage of a universal storage layer is its ability to create compatibility between storage in multiple locations. This eliminates the need for adapting to different storage formats, simplifying data sharing across locations. Additionally, it ensures that applications running in different locations have access to the same underlying storage capabilities, streamlining distributed processing. Compatibility reduces operational complexity and minimizes the need for new skills and processes, ultimately reducing operating costs.

So how does a software-defined universal storage layer work? It establishes a framework of shared storage services that seamlessly connect applications and data across the multicloud landscape. Dell Technologies’ software-defined storage, built on Intel Xeon processors, can be deployed anywhere – in public cloud, private cloud, or edge locations. By deploying common storage services across all locations, organizations can achieve centralized management and consistent application environments. This centralization enables streamlined operations, improved service levels, and enhanced IT agility.

The benefits of a universal storage layer are manifold. It simplifies storage and multicloud management while reducing skills gaps and operational silos. Organizations gain newfound capabilities such as improved multicloud efficiency, seamless movement of data and applications, reduced complexity from multiple vendors, heightened security measures, and enhanced compliance.

Ultimately, a universal storage layer empowers organizations with increased IT agility and speed. This translates into measurable business outcomes such as reduced storage costs, minimized disruptions to operations, improved customer experiences leading to new revenue streams, and better compliance adherence.

As the digital landscape continues to evolve rapidly, organizations must embrace technology-driven innovation to thrive. Dell Technologies remains committed to providing customers with powerful tools that unlock the full potential of software-driven innovation through applications and data. By leveraging Dell’s cloud storage solutions integrated with Intel technologies – leaders in essential cloud-powered technologies – organizations can navigate their digital transformation confidently.

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