Understanding why cloud storage is a great option
The cloud part of cloud-based storage services refers to storing your files somewhere other than on your users' computer hard drives and your organization's on-premise servers. Putting your data in the cloud means you can access those files remotely, any time and from anywhere. Your data is encrypted before making its journey to the cloud servers, keeping it secure. The cloud service doesn't upload entire files every time they change, instead, they upload only the changes, thus saving connection bandwidth and overall storage capacity. Users can access their cloud stored files through an app or software installed on their device, making it accessible at all times regardless of when and where you're users are at the time.
Why Hybrid Cloud Storage Makes Good Sense
Many companies are not ready to retire their onsite infrastructure but they're faced with finding ways to address their storage growth needs and IT storage is becoming one of the fastest growing portions of IT budgets. With demand for storage increasing, and storage costs rising, organizations need to figure out ways to manage storage more efficiently. A good solution to support this growth is hybrid cloud storage.
Here are 6 ways Bishop and HubStor support hybrid-cloud storage for your IT organization:
- Cost Reduction - the cost of ownership for data storage costs is 76-87% less in a cloud storage.
- Increased Capacity - offloading old data in the cloud frees up space to defer spending on new storage.
- Back-up Optimization - virtualized old data can be 50-80% more optimized in the cloud and easily recovered.
- Hardened Security – secure data with encryption, federated authentication, role-based access, activity auditing and DLP.
- Data Insight - reduce risks by increasing visibility into your data, policies and activities.
- Data Management - defensibly classify and delete information while showing compliance.
Hybrid Cloud Services support data growth with lower cloud storage cost
A typical organization increases their data storage by 50-60% every year but only a small portion of the data requires frequent access or use. Storing all that data purely on-premise for when there's no need to make it available on a regular basis, can be very expensive. Taking all costs into consideration, if you compare the cost of storing your on-premises data per gigabyte (GB), it can be nearly four times the cost of putting a GB of data in the Cloud. Not all data can be put in the Cloud for performance or compliance reasons but identifying data that should be stored for infrequent access, using a cloud service makes economic sense. Microsoft Azure is the cloud storage of choice for many organizations to support storage needs for all backup and archived data, as well as less frequently accessed. Bishop offers support and services to identify and store data that makes the most business sense for your organization, whether you're seeking cloud services providing scalable cloud storage resulting in lower cloud storage costs.
Cloud Storage Options – Blobs, Tables, Drives and Disks in Azure
A cloud storage service provides a robust data platform for different services to support different types of data. You can use Azure's Blob storage service to support large amounts of unstructured data that can be accessed from anywhere in the world via HTTP or HTTPS. A single Blob can be hundreds of gigabytes in size, and a single storage account can contain up to 100TB of Blobs. Common uses of Blob storage include: serving images or documents directly to a browser, storing files for distributed access, streaming video and audio, performing secure backup and disaster recovery, storing data for analysis by an on-premises or hosted service. Tables service is ideal for storing structured, non-relational data. Common uses of this service include storing terabytes (TBs) of structured data capable of serving web scale applications, or storing datasets that don’t require a full-fledged relational database. Drive for Azure features the choice of an enterprise remote iSCSI drive or scale-out NAS solution in the cloud. Azure's Premium Storage services offers high-performance, low-latency disk support for I/O-intensive workloads running on Azure virtual machines.
Choosing cloud storage for your archives
Cloud archiving is often managed in a public cloud, which is the least expensive option. Some companies choose to use a hybrid cloud setup to store data that may require faster access and keep it on premises and only the rarely accessed data is moved off-site. Public clouds require no special on-premises hardware or software allowing organizations to reduce its data center footprint by using less power and cooling resources. However, once you move your data in a cloud archive, you still need to consider making that data easily searchable and protected by sound disaster recovery systems. The advantages of cloud archiving become clear when you look at your cloud storage cost of implementation and maintenance if you were to use a private archival storage, especially if your organization has large data retention policies. The cost of ownership of private archive infrastructure is costly and management-intensive due to the long-term nature of archive storage. You have many choices available with regard to how and where archives are hosted and how users can access their archived data.
Cloud storage services for archiving must address all your business needs — compliance, litigation readiness, data security, storage management — in a highly convenient and cost-effective way. In partnership with HubStor, a modern cloud archiving solution provider, Bishop offers support for organizations to significantly reduce their storage cost that provides for a structured cost model, while making archiving a better user experience.
How secure is cloud storage?
There are many factors when addressing cloud storage security. With an innovative solution like HubStor, cloud storage becomes even more trustworthy for organizations requiring strong data security, compliance, privacy, and eDiscovery. The solution is designed to not only get your data to the cloud securely but once it is in the cloud, you are in control with features like data-awareness, PII tagging, data loss prevention, activity auditing, RBAC, directory integration, retention and litigation hold. Unlike standard practice, with HubStor your data will be connected to the cloud without ever exposing the API key or password of the target cloud storage container. This secure approach detects and handles malicious user scenarios and monitors for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against your cloud archive tenant.