Companies are overflowing with data. \u00a0Exploding numbers of mobile devices and IoT endpoints are generating an ever-increasing volume and variety of data. IDC forecasts worldwide global data generation to grow from 16 zettabytes in 2016 to 163 zettabytes in 2025 as businesses and consumers embrace digital transformation.\r\nAnnual Size of the Global Datasphere\r\n\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_6298" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: IDC\u2019s Data Age 2025 study, sponsored by Seagate[\/caption]\r\n\r\nMany IT organizations are struggling to keep pace with skyrocketing data growth. \u00a0Many are hampered by disjointed storage implementations made up of outdated on-premises storage platforms and legacy cloud storage solutions. \u00a0Siloed storage environments are complicated to administer and expensive to maintain and scale. Instituting storage policies and distributing data across platforms can be a manually intensive, time-consuming process, requiring careful analysis, planning and oversight. Many companies are forced to make difficult decisions about which data to collect, where to store it and for how long. \u00a0Some preserve only the minimum set of data required to support core business functions or comply with regulatory requirements. Many simply discard excess data that often contains valuable insights into customer behavior and market trends.\r\n\r\nExtend On-Prem Storage Investments and Align Costs with Data Value\r\n\r\nAt Wasabi, we believe businesses shouldn\u2019t have to make agonizing decisions about what data to store and where to store it. \u00a0Wasabi hot cloud storage is extremely affordable, fast and simple storage for any purpose. You can tightly integrate Wasabi with on-premises storage solutions to protect and extend previous investments, eliminate vendor lock-in and better align storage costs with data value. \u00a0A Wasabi hybrid storage implementation can help you make the most of your existing IT assets while taking advantage of cloud economics, agility and scalability.\r\n\r\nWasabi hybrid storage use cases include:\r\n\r\n \tUniversal storage pools \u2013 combine local storage with Wasabi to create a virtual, instantly scalable storage fabric with unified administration.\r\n \tBackup and recovery \u2013 use Wasabi to protect on-premises workloads for a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions.\r\n \tArchival storage and compliance \u2013 use Wasabi for affordable and durable long-term data retention. \u00a0Automatically move infrequently accessed data to Wasabi to free up expensive SAN or NAS capacity.\r\n \tData center transformation \u2013 use Wasabi for transitional storage during mergers and acquisitions, or to support data center relocation or consolidation programs.\r\n \tCap-and-grow \u2013 keep existing applications on local storage and use Wasabi as primary storage for new applications like big data and IoT. Avoid disruptive rip-and-replace upgrades. Transition applications to Wasabi over time and gradually decommission legacy storage platforms on your own terms.\r\n\r\nChoose from a Variety of Data Management Tools\r\n\r\nWasabi is bit-compatible with Amazon\u2019s popular S3 API. \u00a0You can use S3-compliant data management applications to construct hybrid storage implementations that seamlessly blend on-premises and cloud-based resources. \u00a0Best-of-breed, policy-based data management solutions let you automatically distribute data across storage platforms to optimize costs, balance performance or ensure compliance with data retention rules. Our Performance and Certification Team has validated interoperability with a variety of third-party data management products.\r\n\r\nA Wasabi hybrid storage solution can help you reduce storage costs, simplify operations, and keep pace with skyrocketing data growth. \u00a0Check out our knowledge base to learn more about Wasabi and to explore other Wasabi-compatible tools.