Cloud as a Primary Storage – more than just Data Backup!

Cloud can be used for more than just dumping the data or keeping data backup. Because of its flexibility and scalability, it allows interactive access to first copy data. But, to do so, admins need to understand the requirements of their workloads and learn how they can modify their applications to take advantage of Cloud Storage.

When Cloud is used as a sole storage area, admins don’t need to invest in on-site data centers. The data is created, stored and archived in the Cloud which means lesser resource consumptions for power, cooling and floor space and improved efficiency.

 

Here are the top 3 Cloud use cases for Primary Storage:

 

Applications which may perform better when stored in Cloud than in Physical Data centers – These applications usually create their own data sets with the help of various sensors placed on the devices connected to the internet like security cameras, audio systems, etc. This kind of data is processed in the Cloud and thus it makes more sense to store the data in the Cloud itself as and when it is created instead of moving it later.

This use case works not only on the sensor data but also in situations where the application is executed on-premises but the database is stored in the Cloud like in Banks. This helps the users to retrieve the data without much delay.

 

Data types that may be accessed from multiple endpoints for presentation – This is the kind of data that is created on a local device such as a laptop (presentations, workbooks, and other documents) or camera (pictures and videos) but is stored on Cloud immediately so that it can be accessed by multiple endpoints.<!–more–>

In the above two cases, admins need to use object-based protocols via RESTful APIs to write data directly to the Cloud. This can be done with extensions to the database application or with direct extensions to the software code that manages the video and audio data.

An access to the application code is required in the above two situations. A gateway with a relatively smaller on-premises storage may be used in case of the unavailability of the code which will act as a cache to get the data up to the Cloud.

 

Using Cloud as local, on-premises Network Attached Storage (NAS) for File Sharing – Users continuously feel the need to access the file data from remote locations without having to go through the VPN connections and IT department needs to keep control over the data. The increasing number of file sync and share options on Cloud offer to store user productivity data with exceptional IT control.

 

Today, with the availability of such offerings, IT departments of various SMBs prefer moving to Cloud rather than using an on-premises server to create, store, and archive their data. Are you ready to make your move to Cloud? Contact Sysfore’s Cloud experts for your no obligation / no cost in-depth analysis to see just how simple and cost effective it is to implement a robust Cloud-oriented plan for your enterprise. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or call us on +91-80-4110-5555 to know more.

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