Archiving in the cloud is a viable data storage option for both small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and larger, enterprise-size companies. The pay-as-you-go, or grow, option and the elasticity of cloud offerings is considered ideal for companies that can't predict at the outset the size of their data archive needs. Cloud archiving is also a long-term solution because the cloud provider a company contracts with is the one responsible for migrating data and swapping and replacing hardware in the cloud. Those tasks are taken care of behind the scenes, so customers often have no idea they're even going on. Lastly, because archiving isn't a critical part of a company's IT infrastructure, it's a task that can be placed off-site while the focus on-site remains on production appliances and applications.
Of course, just because data archiving in the cloud is a potential strong solution for companies doesn't mean they can simply switch to the cloud without considering all their options and asking lots of questions.
In this video interview recorded at Storage Decisions, Stephen Foskett, an independent consultant who specializes in enterprise storage and the cloud, talks with editorial director Rich Castagna about the relevant issues IT pros should consider when archiving to the cloud.
For starters, storage decision makers need to guarantee they're licensing a special cloud archiving service, not just an ordinary backup appliance. Just as importantly, companies facing the likelihood of e-discovery requests and numerous HIPAA laws need to ensure data is easily accessible. This can be a factor because cloud storage can contribute to latency issues. However, there's good news when it comes to security and cloud archiving. For more information on the major issues surrounding archiving in the cloud, view the complete Foskett video.