Why Speed Matters for Cloud Storage File Transfers v1.0

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Challenges and Limitations of Moving Large Amounts of Data
  4. When and Why Speed Matters
  5. Considerations
  6. Key Takeaways
  7. About Barb Goldworm
  8. About Signiant


To fully leverage the power of the cloud and cloud storage, businesses in many industries and of all sizes must move massive files into (and out of) the cloud, creating technical challenges for IT. Traditional methods of transferring data are no longer sufficient.

This report will help IT decision makers, IT managers, directors of cloud infrastructure, and those responsible for ensuring successful use of the cloud, understand the fundamental issues around transferring large amounts of information into and out of the cloud, learn when and why speed matters, evaluate alternative solutions, and establish best practices for cloud-storage large-data transfer.

Key findings include:

  • Cloud and cloud storage offer big opportunities for organizations to change the way they do business. In many cases, companies now have access to computing capabilities previously unavailable to them due to the cloud pay-as-you-go model. However, without the right data at the right places in the right timeframe, these opportunities will be lost.
  • Massive information growth and big data are driving requirements for large file transfer. File sizes in ranging from hundreds of gigabytes (GBs) up to petabytes (PBs) are becoming commonplace and critical across vertical markets (beyond media and entertainment to oil and gas, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, universities, satellite imaging, scientific analysis, and more) as well as horizontal business requirements such as big data analytics, using information as a strategic asset.
  • Traditional methods of large file transfer, most based on 40-year-old technology, are no longer sufficient for today’s needs. Innovation in data transfer must keep up with innovation in computing.
  • Solutions are available today, based on a variety of approaches. Understanding the individual business needs first is important; then look for the solution that offers the best fit. Leveraging the experiences of those who already have solved this problem in traditional IT enterprise environments and the cloud can help smooth the road.

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