Right now, data has become more valuable than ever in the enterprise community. Businesses are leveraging information from both internal and external sources for analysis, to uncover trends and better connect with their clients. However, this is having a considerable impact on storage needs and requirements.
Currently, there are more than a few options for companies when it comes to data storage, each with its own benefits. It is imperative that organizations understand their storage options in order to choose the one that will best address their requirements. Today, we’ll take a look at a few of these systems as well as some top considerations to make when migrating data to a new environment.
“It is imperative that organizations understand their storage options in order to choose the one that will best address their requirements.”
What are the current options?
According to Codero, there are four mainstream data storage options, including Direct Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Networks (SAN) and Object Storage.
DAS is a digital storage environment that directly attaches to a server used to access the system, and can be an internal or external component such as a hard drive or disc drive. This comes as a main alternative to remotely accessing information via the network.
NAS, which involves an external device that is physically attached to the server environment, utilizes the underlying local area network or wide area network for connectivity. These are siloed components that typically include their own operating system and management interface.
SAN is a network of storage devices that is connected to servers in order to enable block-level storage accessed via applications on the servers. SAN allows these programs to utilize more efficient, scalable storage without the need for network sharing or complex application configurations.
Object storage archives data as objects within the system, as opposed to storing information in files and directories. Codero noted that each object in this environment includes not only the data being stored, but also metadata and a unique identifier. This environment is best suited for unstructured data.
There are also cloud-based environments to choose from, which are becoming more popular among enterprises. These can be hosted and managed by a service provider, making it accessible to the organization while freeing them of the maintenance and upkeep responsibilities for the system.
What considerations should be made?
There are a few key considerations that decision-makers should factor in when selecting a data storage solution, including:
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