Seven Key Requirements to Replace Your NAS With Cloud Storage

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-03-06

The economics, scale and manageability of cloud storage simply cannot be matched even by the largest enterprise data centers. Hyperscale cloud storage providers such as Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft Azure dropped prices by up to 65 percent last year and promised a Moore's Law pricing model going forward. AWS provides eleven 9's of durability, meaning if you store 10,000 objects with Amazon S3, you can on average expect to incur a loss of a single object once every 10,000,000 years. Further, Amazon S3 is designed to sustain the concurrent loss of data in two facilities by storing objects on multiple devices across multiple facilities. Unfortunately, until this point, cloud storage is really only useful for the data that you don't use instead of the data you actually use. In other words, cheap and deep instead of the performance of local storage. For cloud storage to go beyond "cheap and deep" and be used for all unstructured data storage, it needs to provide flexibility, performance and productivity that is equivalent to enterprise storage systems. The cost advantage by itself, compelling as it is, simply won't be enough. To use the cloud for both your active and your inactive data, it has to feel equal to or better than the local filers that are already in place. This slide show, based on eWEEK reporting and input from cloud storage provider Panzura, highlights those key requirements.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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