What Type of Data Storage Should Your Business Use?
Cloud, Server or Hybrid – What Are the Differences?
Access to your business’s information is key to success. You need reliable and secure access to all of your information. But where should you keep your data…Cloud, Server or Hybrid storage? Taking an assessment of your company’s needs and making an informed decision is the best way to start answering your needs.
Cloud Storage Solutions
Using Cloud Storage means your data is stored and accessed in a collection of virtual servers hosted by third parties, comprising of a cloud. With no physical storage devices that take up office space, you’re able to access data as long as you are online, and data can be accessed by a variety of devices with levels of security permissions.
A Could-based solution offers many attractive features. Syncing data with the Cloud assures your files are backed up and original documents are easily recovered, cutting the costs of expensive external hard drives and backup tapes. Sharing and collaborative projects are met with ease while the data is encryption protected for security and peace of mind. With no physical equipment, your IT department can spend time on projects and upgrades rather than repairs. Growth and the need for more data storage are solved easily by simply purchasing more storage from a provider. And in the event your office meets with a natural disaster or has an emergency in the building, your information is stored safely in the Cloud and ready to access.
The security of your data in the Cloud has become a hot topic as of late. The public breaches we’ve seen in the media are certainly not the norm. Having your services implemented and maintained by the professionals at Cosmotronics will ensure your peace of mind. With new and constantly improving technologies moving to a Cloud solution can actually be a way to increase the security of your data.
Business Server Storage
You’ll need to survey your company’s needs before making the switch from an older peer-to-peer network to a server based network. With reliable file and network security along with virus management, a server will centralize your data and, if properly implemented, back up your resources. Servers are able to store larger sets of data, freeing up memory on your individual PCs, enabling them to perform at their best. New machines and workstations can be added with ease as your business grows. Tiered access ensures security permissions levels amongst your employees. Servers can also accommodate a mobile workforce, allowing access to shared resources wherever they may be.
Determining which server to choose and how to implement it requires looking at your storage needs, the scope of your applications, backup requirements, compliance issues and many other factors. The IT professionals at Cosmotronics can help you find and implement the server-based solution that will work best for your company.
Hybrid Cloud Storage (HCS)
Hybrid Cloud Storage (HCS) can offer you an integration of an on-site server with the additional benefit of online Cloud storage. HSC lowers energy costs and blends the capacity for servers to store massive amounts of data while giving you the improved performance of the Cloud. Hybrid storage optimizes performance by utilizing solid state drives to cache frequently accessed data coupled with hard disk drives for storing seldom used data.
HCS also has the ability to be accessed anywhere, and from multiple devices, allowing your company access to your data anywhere online. Your server remains in house and data is also backed up in the Cloud to ensure its safety in the event of a natural disaster or any occasion where you would not have access to the office.
HCS can help can solve issues associated with both server and Cloud based solutions. Hybrid Cloud Storage is faster and can address your capacity needs cost effectively with both upfront and maintenance costs. When implementing an HCS solution you’ll have a variety of options and tiered security levels as well to maintain the integrity of your data.