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You’re going to need bigger storage!!!

As the popularity of cloud computing continues to boom, so too, do we see Big Data multiplying at a phenomenal rate. A report by the Information Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that Big Data is expected to grow by nearly 35% between now and 2015. It is no wonder that Enterprises are now seriously having to rethink their storage infrastructure, and quickly.

Enterprises are now looking to storage providers to offer scalable, cost-effective storage with enhanced performance and data retrieval. In turn, this means cloud storage providers are facing more challenges than ever before, such as significant increases in users saving even more files and of the much larger media file types.

Traditional storage infrastructures, are certainly considered less optimal in respect to being able to process today’s volumes of data, but with so many storage providers to choose from how can organisations be guaranteed to make the right decision. Obviously this will very much depend on your what you are trying to accomplish along with the size of your business.

For example, smaller organisations may look to improve their file sharing capabilities whilst larger organisations, will be looking to compliment their existing backup capabilities. All without a doubt will want the highest level of security included within the service.

Here are our top-4 key considerations for your organisation:

1. Security is always going to be the key consideration for choosing your cloud IaaS storage. Make sure that you have a clearly defined SLA from the outset, outlining the potential storage providers security measures. You should be looking to them to not only meet the industry standards, but also to meet your own expectations.

2. Scalability does not just cover the amount of backup you have access to, but also the cost. The cost for increasing your storage should rise in direct proportion to the additional storage you use.

3. Disaster Recovery also applies to your service provider. It is widely known that many leading companies have gone into administration due to irreversible data loss, hence the reason we look for backup in the first place. But don’t fall foul to believing that storage service providers are immune to data loss. Make sure you fully understand what processes they have in place for not only preventing data loss, but how they will retrieve lost data automatically if disaster strikes, along with any compensation due to your business in the event that data cannot be recovered.

4. Accessing your data. It is all well and good backing up your data, but quite a large chunk of your data may not be stored in any truly meaningful way, with multiple and different versions of the same document occurring simultaneously. Ideally you should incorporate a file-management systems to ensure that the data that is being backup is clean and relevant. In addition, you should have a clear understanding of who is able to access your data and to what extent, so that you know where to go to, when you need to fix any issues.