Making mass data storage in the cloud a reality

Until recent years, cloud-based mass data storage was impractical because of prevailing internet connectivity speeds, and the lack of robust management options for remote storage and access to large amounts of data. Since most if not all companies had their primary IT infrastructure in-house, cloud-based storage required immense throughput and was considerably less responsive than local storage options. In addition, the cost of running a suitable data center meant that cloud storage was economically un-viable for most common cases.

Fortunately, broadband connectivity has become nearly ubiquitous in the business world, remote application design has emphasized proportionately less data throughput, and advances in data center design and storage technology have dramatically cut the cost per GB. As a result, cloud-based data storage is now a cost-effective and convenient alternative that offers a number of advantages over local data storage, particularly for applications like managed data backup. Backup is one of a suite of essential managed hosting services that can be added to any cloud-based IaaS package.

Storing your data in the cloud means you have automatic colocated storage to ensure data security even if a disaster strikes your home office. In addition, top service providers like Atlantic.Net use carrier-independent internet uplinks to preserve access to your data even if a connection goes offline. And the sophisticated monitoring algorithms used in cloud data storage give you protection against local hardware failures, as well as simple mistakes like accidentally deleted, corrupted or missing files.

Backups can be scheduled at convenient intervals, and data integrity is verified by a hosting team. Backup options (full, incremental, differential) allow you to tailor the storage terms to balance throughput, cost and response time.

Perhaps the most important advantage of cloud data storage is that it’s easy to obtain. You don’t have to set up or maintain an in-house storage solution, and your capacity can grow as required. By making data storage in general and backup in particular easier to implement, cloud storage makes it far more likely that a suitable protection will be in place when a mishap occurs. For all these reasons, cloud-based data storage is the perfect complement to cloud servers, and recent advances in communications and security technology mean there has never been a better time to move your storage to the cloud