Data storage is one of the biggest challenges today in the IT domain. IT administrators are always on the lookout for cost optimization in the data to be stored for easy and fast access. With Big Data growing exponentially, the adoption of cloud data storage is also on the rise (in addition to traditional data storage systems).If you are in charge of designing the storage architecture of your organization, you may have a quandary over which type of data storage to go for. Here is a comparison between offline data storage devices and online cloud storage to help your decision-making process.
- Additional overheads for IT:
Cloud: With data being stored in the cloud, it is the service provider that has the onus of protecting your confidential data. Hence, the IT in-charge need not take on stress and instead channel their energies towards other productive tasks.
- Initial Cost:
Cloud: With cloud storage, there is no need to deploy new devices with every chunk of incoming data. It gets triple benefits of cost savings, flexibility, and scalability based on the kind of data velocity and volume needed for your business.
- Mobility Support:
Cloud: Cloud gives empowers users in terms of mobile data access using the Internet. With the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend as strong as ever, businesses are scrambling to gain control of employee-owned smartphones, laptops, and tablets, and this can be easily controlled and managed via the cloud.
- Recovery Time:
Cloud: Cloud storage can easily host your enterprise data without impacting business continuity. This, in turn, will keep the employee’s access to data swift and hence reinforce his/ her productivity. Cloud backup is useful in case of emergency disaster situations and helps businesses recover faster than traditional IT storage systems.
Cloud: In case of cloud, the entire data is stored in one place, thus making the daily management and monitoring simpler than offline data storage systems. Storage admins get a lot of powerful functions inbuilt into their cloud storage solutions. They can create users, control their permissions and restrictions easily, with the help of a simple yet powerful control management system over the Internet. Different functions in the storage domain (data compression, archiving, retrieval, and encryption) can be configured based on your business’ needs. The best part is that since it is web-based, the admins can execute these from anywhere, and at any time.
These points heavily favor cloud-based storage systems over offline data storage systems like USB sticks and hard drives. The shift in technology landscape and changing preferences have also further strengthened its case as the preferred storage option for enterprise data.
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