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Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model by Marc Farley

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Appendix A. Considerations and recommendations for networking, privacy, and data protection

This appendix discusses a variety of topics that IT team members should consider when implementing the Microsoft hybrid cloud storage (HCS) solution.

A bifurcated data path from application to cloud

The data path for most storage I/Os starts at the server and traverses a network or bus on its way to storage. The hybrid cloud storage solution from Microsoft has a data path that is bifurcated at the Cloud-integrated Storage (CiS) system. Writes—and most reads—follow a typical data path over an iSCSI SAN to the CiS system, but reads that download fingerprints from cloud storage have the additional network component of an Internet connection between the CiS system ...

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