5 Types of Storage as Enterprise Data Storage Solutions
A company possesses a data set; the larger the company, the larger the data set. As company data grows exponentially, it must be stored on a storage medium to ensure its security. Storage is a medium used to store computer-processed data. The purpose of the storage is to temporarily or permanently store data. Large companies with large databases of customers, sales, products, and other data frequently utilize storage. There are several types of storage; here are five of the most common and widely used types:
1. Cloud Storage
Cloud storage is an online or digital file storage medium that requires an internet connection to access data. Cloud storage provides numerous advantages compared to offline storage media such as hard drives and flash drives. Thus, the data stored in this type of storage will be stored on multiple servers managed by the service provider, also known as hosting.
2. Direct Attached Storage
Direct attached storage is a digital storage system directly connected to a server or workstation, bypassing the storage network. In other words, storage is physically connected to the server or computer. This storage is generally only accessible directly from the host to which it is directly attached. Direct-attached storage does not include network hardware and associated operating environments to facilitate independently sharing storage resources.
3. Network Attached Storage
This type of storage option is commonly called a hybrid option. Typically, network-attached storage employs a dedicated server or a tool capable of serving array storage. This storage is typically shared with multiple clients simultaneously on all existing ethernet networks. Typically, this type of storage employs transfers for file upgrades. However, this storage typically has lower startup costs than this storage. Thus, this storage is also appropriate for use by small and medium-sized businesses.
4. Storage Area Network
This type of storage is a very appropriate solution for medium-sized to large businesses. In addition to a disk controller, this storage requires a SAN Switch, HBA, fibre cable, and fibre cable. This storage’s ability to share a storage server with multiple existing servers is one of its benefits. This will enable the configuration of the required storage capacity. Despite its superior performance, this storage area network is more expensive than the two servers described above. Furthermore, this type of storage is inherently more challenging to manage.
5. Software Defined Storage
Software-defined storage is a marketing term for computer data storage software for hardware-independent, policy-based procurement and management of data storage. Software-defined generally includes storage for virtualization. Storage to separate the hardware from its managing software. This type of storage software that enables software-defined storage environments can also provide policy management for data deduplication, replication, thin provisioning, snapshots, and backups.
These are the 5 types of storage that enterprises commonly utilize as a data storage medium. Consult with the team of experts at Phintraco Technology regarding your company’s needs, and select the optimal solution. As a subsidiary of the Phintraco Group that specializes in its infrastructure, Phintraco Technology is competent to provide storage services that meet your company’s capacity, performance, and durability requirements.
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