Tactical Advice

Weighing Your Cloud Storage Options

Storage, like many other things in IT, has made its way to the cloud. Here are some of your options.
Weighing Your Cloud Storage Options

Where do clouds fit in with high-availability storage? As with any emerging technology, the answer depends on understanding the options that align with a company’s needs.

Private clouds offer the clearest advantages for storage infrastructures. They alleviate fears about security and data leakage because information remains within the company’s own data centers. At the same time, IT managers can easily manage virtualized storage and server resources as a centralized cloud resource.

Public clouds are a bit trickier. There’s latency inherent in WANs, which makes public clouds poor choices for primary storage systems or for replication solutions where huge volumes of data need to traverse network pipes.

But that doesn’t mean public clouds can’t or shouldn’t play a role. They can serve as low-maintenance and sometimes economical options for data replication solutions involving individual files or small data sets. And they’re an especially attractive alternative for businesses without multiple locations.

A third option is a hybrid model, where businesses keep the most critical data within the bounds of a private cloud, but take advantage of public clouds for less valuable or archival information.

Sign up for our e-newsletter

About the Author

Alan Joch

Alan Joch

Alan Joch has been an independent business and technology writer for more than a decade. His expertise includes server and desktop virtualization, cloud computing, emerging mobile applications, cybersecurity and green IT. Follow him on Twitter @alanallegro

Security

Why Cloud Security Is More E... |
Cloud protection services enable companies to keep up with security threats while...
Securing the Internet of Thi... |
As excitement around the connected-device future grows, technology vendors seek ways to...
Tools to Maintain Mobile Sec... |
Far-flung devices pose serious challenges, but a variety of technologies can help protect...

Storage

The New Backup Utility Proce... |
Just getting used to the Windows 8 workflow? Prepare for a change.
How to Perform Traditional W... |
With previous versions going unused, Microsoft radically reimagined the backup utility in...
5 Easy Ways to Build a Bette... |
While large enterprises have the resources of an entire IT department behind them, these...

Infrastructure Optimization

Why Cloud Security Is More E... |
Cloud protection services enable companies to keep up with security threats while...
Ensure Uptime Is in Your Dat... |
Power and cooling solutions support disaster recovery and create cost savings and...
The Value of Converged Infra... |
Improvements in security, management and efficiency are just a few of the benefits CI can...

Networking

Securing the Internet of Thi... |
As excitement around the connected-device future grows, technology vendors seek ways to...
How to Maximize WAN Bandwidt... |
Understand six common problems that plague wide area networks — and how to address them.
Linksys Makes a Comeback in... |
The networking vendor introduced several new Smart Switch products at Interop this week.

Mobile & Wireless

Now that Office for iPad Is... |
After waiting awhile for Microsoft’s productivity suite to arrive, professionals who use...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.
Linksys Makes a Comeback in... |
The networking vendor introduced several new Smart Switch products at Interop this week.

Hardware & Software

New Challenges in Software M... |
IT trends such as cloud, virtualization and BYOD pose serious hurdles for software...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.
The Tools That Power Busines... |
Ever-evolving analytic software can greatly improve financial institutions’ decision-...