Cloud Solutions and Virtualization


Cloud Data Storage

Cloud Storage is a term that refers to online space that you can use to store your data. Cloud Storage is a service where data is remotely maintained, managed, and backed up, and provides a secure way to remotely store your important data. Instead of storing it in a computer's hard drive or other local storage device, this service allows the users to store files online in a remote database so that they can access them from any location via the Internet. The Internet provides the connection between your computer and the database. Online storage solutions are usually provided using a large network of virtual servers that come with tools for managing files and organizing your virtual storage space. Cloud Storage can also provide many benefits, such as, greater accessibility and reliability; rapid deployment; strong protection for data backup, archival and disaster recovery purposes; and lower overall storage costs as a result of not having to purchase, manage and maintain expensive hardware. Cloud Storage is very convenient and offers more flexibility, but how does it work?

How Cloud Storage Works

Users upload files and folders on their computers or mobile devices to an internet server. The uploaded files serve as a backup in case the original files are damaged or lost. Using a cloud server permits the user to download files to other devices when needed. The files are typically protected by encryption and are accessed by the user with login credentials and password. The files are always available to the user, as long as the user has an internet connection to view or retrieve them.

Cloud Storage Types

Personal / Mobile Cloud Storage

Mobile cloud storage is a form of cloud storage that applies to storing an individual's mobile device data in the cloud and providing the individual with access to the data from anywhere. Mobile cloud storage providers offer services that allow the user to create and organize files, folders, music, and photos, similar to other cloud computing modals. Mobile cloud storage additionally facilitates syncing and sharing data across multiple devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Most cloud file storage providers offer limited free use and charge for additional storage once the free limit is exceeded. These costs are usually charged as a monthly subscription rate and have different rates depending on the amount of storage desired. Apple's iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox are some of the most recognizable examples of mobile cloud storage.

The main benefits of using a Mobile Cloud service are:
  • One of the major advantages of mobile cloud storage is that you can access your data from anywhere in the world, using any mobile device, as long as you connected to the internet.
  • Using a mobile cloud storage service provider instead of relying on onsite equipment also allows employees to access the data and tools they need to progress through assignments and be at their most productive while away on a trip.
  • Mobile cloud storage makes it possible for employees to be able to work, if possible, remotely from wherever and whenever they want instead of the standard 9 to 5 office schedule day after day.
  • Files can be easily accessed, backed up and shared to a variety of devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
  • Mobile Cloud Storage applications have minimal or no upfront cost.
  • Given that the data and applications are managed by a third party, updating your data as well as accessing it in real time is easily possible, and it can be accessed by multiple persons simultaneously.
Private Cloud Storage

Private cloud storage is a type of storage mechanism that stores an organization's data at in-house storage servers by implementing cloud computing and storage technology. This system is designed for one person or company that is specific to your needs. Private cloud storage comes in two formats: on premise and externally hosted. Both work well, but primarily for businesses, not individuals, unless you are running a smaller home-based company. Private cloud storage is similar to public cloud storage in that it provides the usability, scalability and flexibility of the storage architecture. But unlike public cloud storage, it is not publicly accessible and is owned by a single organization and its authorized external partners.

The main benefits of using a Mobile Cloud service are:

  • A private cloud can be isolated from all but the company who owns it, offering an additional layer of security.
  • A private cloud offers a greater degree of reliability thanks to a fault resilient and redundant architecture that isn't shared in any way.
  • The resources within your private cloud infrastructure are at the disposal of your company and your company alone.
  • You own the virtual machine(s), so you can reallocate resources dynamically, wherever they are needed most.
  • You are free to build and configure your private cloud in any way you like. You have the freedom to use any operating systems and applications you please and to allocate resources in any way you see fit.
Public Cloud Storage

Public cloud storage is a cloud storage model that enables individuals and organizations alike to store, edit and manage data. It’s provided by a storage service provider that hosts, manages and sources the storage infrastructure publicly to many different users. A public cloud is one based on the standard cloud computing model, in which the service provider makes resources, such as virtual machines (VMs), applications or storage, available to the general public over the internet. In this type, the user uses a publically available cloud which he has either rented or subscribed for a certain period of time. It requires little administrative controls and can be accessed online by any anyone you authorize with the User’s log in credentials from any part of the world.

The main benefits of using a public cloud service are:

  • It reduces the need for organizations to invest in and maintain their own on-premises IT resources.
  • It enables scalability to meet workload and user demands.
  • There are fewer wasted resources because customers only pay for the resources they use.
Hybrid Cloud Storage

Hybrid cloud storage is a combination of private and public clouds. You can customize your features and insert the applications that meet your needs, as well as the resources that work for you. The most important data can be kept on a private cloud, while the less important data can be stored on a public cloud and accessed by a host of people remotely. You can store data in an efficient storage environment, which saves time and money. Building an enterprise hybrid cloud brings along many benefits. When properly accounted for during planning, organizations can maximize the benefits while minimize the difficulties they bring for the company.

  • Hybrid cloud computing can offer increased security for organizations utilizing it.
  • Organizations can leverage public cloud offerings to offload some of the heavy usage, and only have to pay for it when they need it which saves money.
  • By leveraging the public cloud in times of heavy usage, the organization can also experience fewer outages and less downtime.
  • You can store data in an efficient storage environment, which saves time and money.
  • It is an On and Off model so it can be switched from public to private or private to public anytime as per user’s convenience.

After deciding which type of cloud service you want to use, you need to choose the provider you want to use. This can be a complicated decision, but our cloud storage experts have completed a quality review of each cloud service to help you decide.

Cloud Storage Providers

Cloud storage providers are responsible for keeping the data available and accessible, and the physical environment protected and running. People and organizations buy or lease storage capacity from the providers to store user, organization, or application data.

Benefits of Cloud Storage:

  • Cost
  • The first benefit, and perhaps most important in the minds of many business owners, is the cost advantage. Moving your business to the cloud eliminates the cost of hardware and maintenance. Also, with cloud storage, you pay for what you use, as you use it. You do not need to anticipate how much storage space you will need for the year and risk paying for unused space or running short.
  • Recovery
  • One of the greatest advantages of using cloud storage is that you’ll always have a backup solution in case something goes wrong. If something happens to the files on a computer, you can always access the cloud and retrieve any data that may have been damaged of lost.
  • Syncing
  • If you’ve made any changes to one or more files, the cloud will automatically sync the changes across all affiliated devices.
  • Enhanced Security
  • Cloud storage is housed in a data center, and your data is backed up to multiple servers. This means that if one server crashes, your data stays safe because it is stored in other locations.
  • Accessibility
  • You can access all files, folder, photos and videos in the cloud from anywhere in the world in any device that has internet access.
  • Strategic Value
  • Cloud services give organizations competitive advantages by providing the most innovative technology available.
  • Flexibility
  • Users can scale services to fit their needs, customize applications.

While Cloud Storage offers many convenient and useful tools to help businesses grow, it is something that should be studied and researched before making a commitment.

What should be consider before choosing a cloud storage?

  • Security:
    Because data is accessed online, controls should authenticate applications and users. Companies may also require data encryption.
  • Storage Space:
    Cloud storage can become expensive with a large volume of data. Hybrid or on-premises solutions may help manage costs.
  • Bandwidth:
    By using a service that offers multiple locations, load balancing manages network issues. Some storage may benefit from caching.
  • Management Interface:
    Providers offer different web-based control panels with their services. Enterprises should choose one with the options they need.

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