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The Pros and Cons of Cloud Storage

Cloud-Storage-Pros-and-Cons-webA recent Infostor article discussing the pros and cons of enterprise cloud storage hits on some very important points. I’m not going to argue against a single one of them. There can be drawbacks to storing your files in a public cloud. For many companies, though, the positives far outweigh the negatives. These businesses are willing to deal with certain concerns in exchange for scalability, lower upfront costs, the ease of moving storage management offsite and other advantages.

But with the right solution standing between your business and the cloud, you don’t have to deal with the negatives, either. As we looked through the list of cons in the Infostor piece, we realized that Nasuni dispenses with each one. That’s the point of our Enterprise File Services. Our clients can take advantage of the benefits of the cloud without the weaknesses.

Addressing The Cons of Cloud Storage

Take the first item on the list: lifetime costs. Although the cloud might look inexpensive at first, the writer suggests that after three or four years, this scenario might change, and the buyer might look back and wonder if it would have been cheaper to remain with on-prem storage. That may be the case with some cloud vendors, but with Nasuni, the opposite is true. Our clients start to see more economic benefits over time. The reason? They’re not just saving on file storage. Nasuni delivers a complete set of Enterprise File Services in one solution. That means our clients no longer have to rely on additional backup or DR solutions. Even the per user costs of file sync and share solutions disappear. Over time, our clients save 40-65% relative to traditional file storage and protection.

“With the right solution standing between your business and the cloud, you don’t have to deal with the negatives.”

The other point here is that in our experience, most companies today are struggling with file growth. If they don’t embrace cloud, they end up buying new storage hardware every three to four years. And those massive upfront costs and ongoing, increasing service fees are definitely not saving them money.

Security and Compliance

Nasuni addresses two other potential cons, security and compliance. All files are encrypted with the company’s privately held crypto keys before they leave that company’s security perimeter. These encrypted files travel over a secure line and remain encrypted within the cloud. Neither the cloud provider nor Nasuni can unlock those files, since neither of us hold the crypto keys. Thanks to this security model, along with several other features, Nasuni meets a wide range of compliance standards.

Is Cloud Storage Fast Enough?

Another cloud storage negative cited in the post – speed – was addressed in the basic design of our system. With Nasuni, frequently accessed files are stored in a local cache to ensure that end users continue to enjoy the kind of performance they’re accustomed to with traditional NAS hardware.

This also goes a long way toward dealing with the final cloud storage flaw, the idea that one user could impact another’s performance. Nasuni circumvents this “noisy neighbor” problem with the local cache. Since the files are typically in the local cache, end users don’t have to worry about cloud performance. To make sure that end users don’t have to wait for older files, either, we use only hyperscale clouds like Microsoft Azure and Amazon. They have the scale and resources to handle “neighbors” and we test them rigorously to make sure they continue to adhere to our high performance and reliability standards.

So, are there cons to cloud storage? Absolutely. But with a comprehensive enterprise storage solution like Nasuni, which leverages the strengths of the cloud and the performance of local hardware, companies don’t have to worry about them. Nasuni clients can enjoy a complete set of Enterprise File Services in one easy-to-manage solution.

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