Finding effective storage solutions isn’t always easy, particularly when there are so many different types of storage solutions out there.
From disk-based storage systems to cloud storage, and plenty more in between, how can you determine which type of storage is right your business?
Storage Solutions matter, particularly because a loss of data can have catastrophic consequences for your business. As well as the practical devastation it would cause, there are also security and compliance issues to consider. The loss of customer data, for example, could equate to a breach of data laws and this may leave you facing heavy fines and sanctions, not to mention the harm it could cause to your reputation.
However, this doesn’t make it easier to choose the right type of data storage. If you’re confused about object storage, hybrid options, disk-based systems, SD-WAN connectivity and block storage, we can help you to make sense of the complex world of data storage and find the best storage solutions for you.
What is a disk-based storage system?
When data is stored on a disk, it’s stored locally, which means it’s physically on the disk you’ve saved it to. Now, the term ‘disk-based’ might bring back memories of floppy disks and CD-ROMS, but, rest assured, things have moved on since then! Disk-based storage can actually refer to anything from an internal hard drive inside your computer or laptop to an external hard drive you attach or even a flash drive or USB memory stick.
For large businesses, of course, disk-based storage systems are far larger than this but, essentially, they are comprised of physical and local storage. Whilst these can provide effective storage solutions, there are some drawbacks to a local disk-based storage system.
If the hardware fails, for example, your data could be lost, damaged or difficult to recover. This could be due to a hardware fault or even an external factor, such as a flood or fire in your office. In addition to this, local storage means you’ll only be able to access the data if you’re connected to the network, which may be problematic for businesses with various locations. In addition to this, you run the risk of losing your data if your hardware was to be stolen or defaced, and you may need to purchase additional disk systems as your storage needs increase.
Cloud-based storage solutions are becoming increasingly popular, particularly because they offer enhanced scalability and flexibility. With private, public and hybrid models to choose from, you can opt for highly secure cloud storage, depending on your needs, and cloud storage ensures you can access your data from any location.
Furthermore, cloud storage systems don’t require you to store, purchase or hire any hardware. This is great for businesses who want to free up physical space in their offices and don’t want to worry about maintaining a secure, physical data centre on-site.
Whilst disk-based storage systems do certainly offer an appropriate storage solution for many businesses, the majority of companies are either using or exploring the benefits of cloud-based storage as a next-generation solution to their storage needs.
Supercharge Your Solution
Cloud storage is the obvious solution to supercharge your business. With increased security, no maintenance, greater flexibility and a reduction in operating overheads the benefits of cloud are far reaching.
Thousands of businesses are already realising the capabilities of cloud based storage solutions, maximising on the resources available to them and increasing the efficiency of their business in doing so. With limitless scalability moving to the cloud allows your storage to grow as your business does.
Staying connected is a primary goal for businesses whatever their size. Yet when systems fail and products outdate, staff can’t work to their full potential, threatening your success. Wavenet support businesses with any kind of network and connectivity issue. Identifying the problem at its source, we deliver a solution that works and acts quickly. And thanks to Wavenet’s continual support 24/7, systems will forever be maintained. No matter the industry, no matter the need, we can help make your business brilliant.