S02E03 – Hybrid Cloud Storage Choices – Rent or Buy?

S02E03 – Hybrid Cloud Storage Choices – Rent or Buy?

Chris EvansGuest Speakers, Hybrid Cloud Podcast

On the face of it, public cloud seems like a great place for long-term retention of unstructured data. However, as volumes of data stored rise, the cost of exiting the cloud cloud become prohibitively expensive. What’s the right strategy to follow? In this discussion, Chris chats to Matt Starr from Spectralogic on how to build out a model of public/private cloud storage and the pitfalls to avoid in the process.


  • 00:00 – Intros
  • 01:40 – How do we choose between cloud or on-prem?
  • 03:00 – The initial attraction of public cloud is strong
  • 06:00 – Is AWS S3 a long-term solution for data archive?
  • 09:00 – What happens when you stop using Spotify?
  • 10:40 – Don’t Pay?  They’ll take your data away
  • 11:30 – What happens if cloud storage costs become excessive?
  • 13:48 – Where should the “root” copy of your data be?
  • 15:15 – Some vendors allow daily fractional downloads
  • 19:00 – Is the new world of architecture about building spreadsheets?
  • 23:30 – Tape customers are declining but using more capacity
  • 25:10 – Tapes will move to erasure code across multiple tape drives
  • 28:00 – What is the right approach to take in managing cloud data?
  • 30:00 – Wrap Up

Matt’s Bio

Matt Starr is the Chief Technology Officer at Spectra Logic. Matt brings more than 24 years of technology experience to his role. As CTO, Matt is responsible for helping to define Spectra’s technology roadmap and execute on Spectra’s technology strategy. As the company’s executive voice of the market, Matt leads Spectra’s efforts in high-performance computing, private cloud and other vertical markets, and currently directs Spectra’s Federal and APAC sales efforts.

His work experience includes management roles in service, hardware design, software development, operating systems and electronic design.

Matt previously served as the lead engineering architect for the design and production of Spectra’s family of enterprise-class tape libraries. Under Matt’s direction, Spectra Logic secured more than 50 patents, establishing the company as an innovative technology leader in the data storage industry.

Matt holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

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