Cloud Tiering

Our Cloud Tiering service allows you to retain your on-prem, high-performance storage and combine it with the benefits of cloud economics, leveraging the low costs of Azure Blob, Amazon S3, and IBM Cloud Object Storage. Cloud Tiering identifies infrequently-used data in your on-prem storage and automatically and seamlessly moves that data to lower-cost object storage in the cloud, leaving frequently-used data on the high-performant, datacentre storage system. When the infrequently-used tiered data is needed again, the service will automatically and seamlessly move it back to the high-performance tier.

Cloud Tiering offers two policies for tiering data:

Tiering cold data: Any active data that has not been accessed for 30 days, or a user-defined period, will be sent to the cloud object storage until it is needed.

Use if your data:

  • Stays in frequent use only for a short period of time
  • Will later be accessed rarely, if ever
  • Needs to be retained indefinitely


Tiering snapshots only: With this policy, snapshot data is tiered to the cloud object storage after a short cooling period.

Use if your data:

  • Remains in frequent use at all times
  • Includes a large number of snapshots


Using Cloud Tiering’s “lift and DON’T shift” approach, there is no need to make any change to your existing applications. Since the tiering occurs in the data layer, the process is completely opaque to your applications. Cloud Tiering is also easy to set up and works transparently in the background, with no disruption to your processes. The service is offered in two license models: a consumption-based PAYGO model, or an upfront, termed-based BYOL.

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