Cloud computing is a concept of computer software storage where the virtual data is stored on multiple virtual servers, also called “clouds”, which are hosted on the internet. In contrast to traditional computing, where data resides on a computer server, cloud computing allows users to access their data from anywhere there is an internet connection. In other words, cloud storage allows a user to access their data from any place with an internet connection. Cloud computing is a boon to companies that need to manage huge databases with limited technical staff and expensive hardware. The physical location of servers is eliminated, and instead, all data is stored on a virtual server in the form of applications.
There are three types of Cloud Storage: IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). IaaS basically gives access to hosted applications that can be accessed directly. Platform as a Service is based on containers, with each container having its own operating system and software stack, giving access to applications that run on the host OS without requiring knowledge of the underlying operating system or libraries.
There are two ways to create a Cloud Storage environment. One way is to rent out an online storage server and let customers access their files from anywhere with an internet connection. The other way is to use a CDN provider who serves all the traffic between customers’ computers and servers. CDN provides direct-access to online storage.
CDIMs, or Content Acquisition Networks, are used to provide storage to customers. This type of Cloud Storage uses DAS (direct access storage) or DCIMs (digital network interfaces), which allows multiple sets of data to be stored in a single logical storage device. Using a DAS-based Cloud Storage system means that data is stored on multiple devices that can be accessed simultaneously, making DAS a good choice for companies that need high availability and failover. DCIMs give access to multiple logical storage devices and can be implemented as a part of a DAS system.
There are many Cloud Computing storage vendors offering DAS and DCIM solutions. To find a reputable company to provide your storage needs, consult your computing appliance manufacturer. Some of the major Cloud Storage vendors offering DAS and DCIM solutions include Hewlett Packard, IBM and Dell. In addition to offering DAS and DCIM solutions, these storage vendors also offer virtualization solutions that work well for large organizations. VDI, or virtual desktop infrastructure, is becoming a popular option because it allows businesses to easily establish the availability of desktop virtual machines without the expense of hardware.
For most companies, DAS and DCIM offerings are a good way to reduce costs and improve the way that data is managed in the enterprise. The addition of DAS and DCIM to your business’ storage systems can provide your organization with many benefits, such as high availability, failover and disaster recovery. However, before choosing a cloud-based storage system for your company, you should consult an experienced data management consultant to ensure that your chosen solution is right for your company and its needs. When working with a consultant, make sure that you understand the level of customization that you can achieve with DAS and DCIM solutions.