As organizations confront ever-growing data storage requirements, IT departments are choosing to leverage the flexibility, convenience and cost-efficiency of cloud storage and cloud backup services.
Cloud storage, or the remote hosting of data storage on servers and storage devices accessed via a public or private data network, provides companies with an affordable, scalable data storage solution, supplying the following:
- High availability. Replication of data across multiple physical machines and locations provides continued availability in the event of failure (disk, storage array, or site) and higher availability than found with many on-premises storage systems.
- On-demand scalability. By providing storage only when necessary and as an alternative to on-site physical storage, cloud storage enables companies to pay only for the storage capacity they actually use and lowers capital expenditures.
- Regulatory compliance. Due to the cost and complexity of achieving compliance, it is often easier and less costly for companies to outsource the handling of sensitive data to cloud-based storage providers that guarantee compliance.
Enterprise-Class Cloud Storage Security
Although cloud computing security remains a concern and a barrier to cloud entry for many organizations, an increasing number of companies are finding the superior level of protection supplied by enterprise-grade cloud storage security to be an additional advantage of cloud-based storage services. Through the employment of sophisticated encryption techniques, authentication and authorization mechanisms, firewalls, and monitoring systems, trusted providers in the cloud storage industry work diligently and continuously to ensure the physical security of their data centers as well as the security of data while in transit and at rest.
Building a Future-proof Cloud Storage Solution with Vblock Systems from VCE
Despite the substantial safeguards and significant economies of scale offered by cloud storage services, some enterprises remain uncomfortable with the limited visibility and control—as compared to a private cloud deployment model.
However, because the simplicity, scalability, and cost benefits of public cloud deployments cannot be dismissed, the future of cloud data storage in the enterprise appears to be a convergence of both public and private clouds. A hybrid cloud storage environment in which organizations can use online cloud storage as an extension of in-house storage systems, moving data securely and seamlessly between the two as necessary, appears to be the most future-proof storage strategy for the enterprise.
One way IT departments can quickly migrate to a private or hybrid cloud environment and secure a range of cloud computing benefits for their companies is through the use of VCE™ Vblock™ Systems, which pre-integrate the hardware and software components necessary for building enterprise-grade private clouds. Composed of components from industry leaders EMC, Cisco, and VMware, and engineered and hardened according to best practices, Vblock Systems not only simplify cloud design and implementation but also help ensure the highest level of cloud security.
Learn more about how your organization can take advantage of a future-proof cloud storage deployment with Vblock Systems from VCE.