Back to Basics: Understanding the Different Types of Cloud Storage Options

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By now, many business leaders know about the financial benefits of implementing cloud computing, but do they fully understand what those services provide? Database software and storage capability are two important factors for owners to research before deciding which cloud plan to invest in.

Nicos Vekiarides, the co-founder and chief executive officer of TwinStrata, broke cloud storage options into three main categories in a blog for the Cloud Computing Journal.

Most common, Vekiarides said, is standard cloud storage, which enables workers to access company databases from anywhere. Standard storage is best used for primary data and typically requires at least three data centers to operate.

But there are two other, cheaper alternatives – reduced redundancy and deep archive cloud storages – to choose from.

Reduced redundancy storage requires just one or two data centers and is best suited for companies that only use the cloud for secondary data. Deep archive storage is even cheaper, but it comes at the price of slower accessibility and less ability to keep data.

In addition to data storage, owners should understand how cloud service providers’ applications meet their business needs. Docassist CEO Don Lyman blogged about on-premise solutions, hosted solutions and true cloud for Manufacturing.net.

Lyman advocated true clouds as typically being the most beneficial to businesses. Their Software-as-a-Service platforms allow employees to access a company’s online databases from anywhere, while the cloud provider typically handles the infrastructure and software maintenance.

Hosted solutions are typically third-party ownerships and are available as a PaaS or an IaaS. Although the third party is generally responsible for infrastructure concerns, the costs of things like maintenance, custom applications and data management are still left to the company. On-premise solutions are typically the most expensive and the least preferable for businesses, according to Lyman.

 

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