Hybrid Cloud Storage In 2011

In 2011 cloud storage is set to become a practical solution for many companies and organizations. The criticism cloud storage has been receiving in the past years will not go entirely away, but companies that want to increase productivity will readily adopt it to solve their existing storage space problems.

Backup and Archive

Up until 2011 companies have been using the cloud storage primarily for backup and archive. This use however, though highly secure, is not the most effective, and it certainly does not exploit the full potential of cloud storage. Cloud backup and archive reduces a company’s internal storage requirements, but it gives IT managers another process to worry about. As there is plenty of local primary storage left to manage, the use of cloud storage for the mail data set can be better. With primary cloud storage a company may reduce the storage costs of its local data centers, thanks to the cloud’s quick and easy backup and recovery benefits.

Hybrid Cloud Storage

Hybrid on-premise cloud storage solutions will be the ones that companies will choose in 2011, because they allow them to devise an effective storage strategy on tiers. The adoption of these solutions will be driven if users will begin to regard their data as a unified whole. Until now companies found it impracticable to copy all their data from a storage area to another; hybrid cloud storage can make the copy of data from a local area to the cloud automatically, through an appliance that is capable to cache the data on-premise and then copy it to a cloud storage area. The volume of the data stored locally remains low because it is organized in a  cache, and the since the cloud storage provider handles the capacity expansion, the company has less managing work to do.

Real-time Backup

The hybrid cloud storage process does not require the internal backup of data stored in the cloud. Data is copied automatically in the cloud whenever it’s modified locally, meaning that not only there less management to be done, but also that the security of the backup and recovery process increases. What’s more, the cloud storage on-premise backup and recovery appliance can be launched from anywhere with authorization, so that recovery after a disaster is done quicker.

The small size of the cache, compared to the amount of data to be backed-up, makes it possible for hosting providers to store it on solid state hardware. This in turn may lead to companies seeing a considerable performance increase.

To work, the hybrid cloud storage architecture needs the right use case, which should be a data set that can be divided between active and inactive components. The former are stored through the on-site appliance on the cache, and the data is then replicated to the storage services provider. The latter is stored exclusively in the cloud.

Issues Data Centers Face

Data centers have two issues to deal with: the growth of storage capacity and the increase in the number of servers. A NAS that works with the cloud can address both these problems. What’s more, since companies usually have to store file data discretely, based on the format of the files, there are often hundreds of thousands of files that need to be backed up constantly, even though the large majority of them are rarely modified.

Companies that don’t use cloud storage solutions usually turn their attention to server virtualization. While this approach may seem at first accessible, the issue is that managing file services by using a whole operating system wastes valuable resources that could be employed in more important areas.

Conclusion

A hybrid cloud storage architecture is the best solution for smart companies in 2011. And although abandoning file servers for a new technology may sound daunting, this is a risk worth taking because hybrid cloud storage for file services makes the management of ever growing data more accessible, provides better security, and enables quick recovery in cause of a disaster.

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