Companies need to consider more diversification

By Michael
November 9, 2012

The cloud seems very convenient, and many of its elements do make for more fluid workflow, but it’s not an ideal driver for every form of file storage. On the other hand, shying away from this kind of rapid-response technology isn’t a solution, either. The key lies in finding the right balance between different assets to promote the best business continuity possible.

Any negative scenario, like an attack on corporate security or other disaster, requires a safeguard in case it should ever come to pass. Businesses may want to consider taking a Murphy’s Law approach to backup and archive tools – anything that can go wrong, will. In response to those concerns, having a varied storage portfolio could mean the difference in financial fitness.

Balancing the options
One of the major factors that businesses with cloud-centric storage facilities need to realize is that most of these entities are actually using backup tape management themselves. As part of a sound storage solution, companies that make their bread and butter through document management understand that these tools are critical to continuity.

InformationWeek stated that diversifying holdings is the best way to ensure proper organization and thorough security for every aspect of corporate file systems. Starting with an inclusive backup tape archive and adding rapid-response solid state drives, these devices can safely funnel information into appropriate long-term storage, while cloud deployments hold daily-use files until they are no longer needed in that capacity.

Ebb and flow of files
As Channel Biz pointed out, a recent Powering the Cloud event showcased this fact, addressing the impact of big data on cloud and virtualized storage tools. Not only do these devices struggle to scale with increasing cache sizes, but it’s also hard to keep track of every file that’s placed in this format. In order to execute proper file ownership, it’s critical that companies know where information is kept and have access to their entire portfolio if need be.

By building structures that provide tiering, structuring of information and varied storage capacities, data can be stored in a more useful, secure way. This in turn will help with continuity and eDiscovery issues, if any of these conditions should arise, and better protect against disasters of all kinds.

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