How Cloud Data Storage is Changing
Today’s digital universe contains trillions of gigabytes of data, which only offers value when it’s accessible and utilized. Keeping that data accessible means storing it conveniently and ensuring that it is easily accessible through standard interfaces and applications. Cloud-based storage helps address these potential problems by providing the capacity to gather, organize, utilize and store the ever-increasing volume of data generated by your enterprise in a secure storage platform that can scale with demand.
Data Storage Evolves to Capture Data Volume Explosion
The capacity for storing data has evolved immensely from its advent in the 1940’s. Punch cards evolved to disk drives, which, by the 1980’s, had become the industry standard. In 2015, a 3.5 inch, 10 TB (terabyte) disk was capable of storing more information in a single drive than ever before imagined.
While drive storage size continues to grow, it is still insufficient for the explosion of data generation. In 2015, Aureus Analytics estimated that 90 percent of the world’s entire data volume had been generated in just the previous two years. Today, they’re predicting that our data volume will expand to 50 times its current volume by 2020. The sheer volume of data is already overwhelming traditional data center storage. Consequently, many of today’s most competitive enterprises are shifting their data storage capacity to webscale cloud storage, and if you haven’t already done so, it’s about time to start considering moving your data to a cloud storage option as well.
Benefits of Cloud Data Storage
Cloud storage offers many advantages available over traditional storage—lower cost, enhanced security, automated backups, ease of access and simplified data management, to name a few.
Many people don’t realize that their data has a physical presence (it’s not a literal cloud), and its storage requires physical space. Even with a 10 TB capacity, most businesses have or will generate many times that volume of data in the near future. Purchasing physical storage capacity to accommodate that volume can be expensive. Purchasing in-house storage can be convenient, and while it meets the need for additional storage, it’s not sustainable. Additional storage requires additional purchases which eventually require additional space to house the storage servers. See how it can get complicated?
However, with the cloud, you are offered the capacity to scale storage as necessary and the cloud provider bears the burden of creating and maintaining the expanded dimensions. Tenants in the cloud pay for the volume of storage needed for their enterprise, not the acquisition or building of it.
Every day there seems to be another declaration of the latest and greatest cyber breach, and all you can do is hope and pray that your company wasn’t involved. Cyber thieves learn from previous crimes and are always advancing their methods to exploit vulnerabilities before the security vendors have programmed the necessary firewalls and interventions.
Most companies don’t have the in-house resources, either financially or talent-wise, to effectively counter cybercrime activities on the scale that we’ve seen recently. Cloud providers, however, accept that maintaining the highest level of security is their most valuable service. They will then be tasked with monitoring the data of their tenants and ensure that it’s kept out of harm’s way; safely behind digital barriers that are updated as often as global cyber concerns warrant.
Along with faster and more comprehensive use of data, cloud services can also automate steps within a program, or automate entire programs themselves, to reduce costs and increase productivity. For example, backing up enterprise data is often overlooked or delayed as in-house staff identifies “more important” tasks to address. The cloud’s automated backup processing happens with no added human intervention needed and ensures that your data will be made current on a routine basis. Scality’s backup capacities capture all application criteria allowing companies to effortlessly mix and match servers and eliminate appliance form requirements.
Sharing, Control & Data Visibility
Today’s mobile marketplace means everyone in the company, from sales and marketing to supply chain management, are on the road at least part of the time. Housing both data storage and corporate functions in the cloud give all enterprise members access to the information they need to accomplish their goals from wherever, whenever. The uniform center of information also facilitates enhanced collaboration since neither distance nor time separates workers or teams. Scality’s RING storage solution offers an AWS S3-compatible interface so in-house developers can seamlessly match their proprietary programming with a range of packaged applications to ensure that everyone who needs data can retrieve data.
Most businesses are not IT businesses; they make and sell products using technology. Until cloud computing became available, enterprises spent billions of dollars each year maintaining their in-house IT teams, and the need for constant updates and increasing security requirements presented constant challenges. Today’s cloud computing and storage functions are themselves the products of cloud management companies, and those services come with the maintenance, management and upgrade capabilities as equally valuable aspects of the service.
Perhaps the greatest feature of cloud data storage, specifically the Scality RING, is the ability to deliver the goods at petabyte scale. Traditional backup storage solutions such as tape, RAID, and NAS can’t come close to that, and it makes sense, because that’s not what they were designed to do. Legacy backup systems are antiquated in their approach to data storage and have trouble overcoming the complexities and limitations of their software. With the Scality RING, your system can tolerate rack, server, disk, and even site failures with zero data loss, you can deliver unlimited scale-out capacity, and you’ll be able to support mixed workloads of all sizes.
Cloud Data Storage Solutions for Every Business
For Scality, the managed cloud services we offer were designed to provide your enterprise with the flexible data management capabilities it needs today, and in the future. As your enterprise grows, and its volume of data grows, you need as much flexible computing capacity as you can afford to stay competitive. The Scality RING provides the flexibility to manifest your business exactly as you envision, as well as to grow with it as it expands, saving you money in the process.
Interested in learning more? Download the Data Security in the Scality RING white paper and see how the Scality RING provides you with the best compliant storage solution for the enterprise without compromise.