• Mikaila Menezes

The Role of Physical Data Storage in Your Data Protection Strategy

Cloud storage is now hugely popular throughout the world. As much as 95% of all IT professionals prefer to use the cloud as a means to store their data and information. This fad is here to stay and it is estimated that around 2 Billion already use the cloud as their storage means. While online storage offers convenience, it lacks in other areas where physical storage shines.


Storing your data and keeping it safe should be at the top of your priorities list. What role does physical data storage play in your data protection strategy? Read on below to find out more!



Online Storage Benefits


The biggest benefit of online storage is its convenience. Online storage is there when you need it and files can be easily stored and shared between users. With online storage, you can collaborate with a person on the other side of the world and it opens everything up for a wider audience. The following below are popular online storage facilities:


  • Dropbox

  • CertainSafe

  • Microsoft Onedrive

  • Google Drive


The final issue is cloud storage capacity. Some cloud services charge storage space depending on the amount of storage that is needed. This can become expensive and depending on the type of internet access you have, you can use lots of data to upload these files and if your service isn’t uncapped, once again you will be spending quite a bit of money for storage. les can be a chaotic mistake if a personal file is shared with the wrong person.


The final issue is cloud storage capacity. Some cloud services charge storage space depending on the amount of storage that is needed.This can become expensive and depending on the type of internet access you have, you can use lots of data to upload these files and if your service isn’t uncapped, once again you will be spending quite a bit of money for storage.


Benefits of Physical Storage


Physical storage includes devices such as hard drives, flash drives, and SD cards. While it may seem like these devices are only another tool to pack in your backpack, they have come a long way and there are lots of advancements being made to create top-of-the-line data storage that is portable.


The major benefit of this type of physical storage is it allows people to access their files without needing an internet connection, while actually handing the media to a person and knowing nobody else can tamper with it in the meantime. The problem with physical storage is the possibility of the device failing and breaking or becoming lost.

Aside from that, online storage systems are seeing the benefits of having a place for offline data storage. Having cold storage for files that are not accessed as frequently, can save the user and the company a lot of money.


Which Cloud Service Should You Use?


The cloud storage industry is a relatively new one and advancements are happening all the time, at a rapid rate. As a result, the options available are ever-increasing. Different providers can vary in price, size of storage, features, and file restrictions.


Before choosing a provider, it is vital to look into all these things and find out exactly where and how they’ll store your data, as well as how they will protect your data. If you are happy with the response then you can rest assured you are making the right choice. Remember that even cloud storage can be open to attacks through network vulnerabilities too, so make sure you do your homework.


Ways to Evolve Your Data Storage Strategy


The companies that thrive over the next couple of years are those that harness the power of data yet most companies don’t analyze more than a third of the data they have. With data so critical to business success, people should take data storage more seriously. Below are ways to evolve your data strategy now.


Accessibility Without Sacrificing Security


Always on businesses require that employees are able to access their files anytime, anywhere, and more importantly, from any device. If your storage capacity doesn’t include remote access and other mobility essentials, it is time to up your game.


The unfortunate part is, that the more widespread and accessible data is, the more likely it is to fall into the wrong hands. You should create proper control for sensitive data. Client information, healthcare data, trade secrets, and intellectual property, should have the control it deserves. Understanding your data is the first step towards providing access without compromising on security.


Keep Data Recoverable


Downtime can be expensive no matter the cause. An effective data strategy goes far beyond where you merely store your data. It must include strategies to fully recover the data quickly and easily. While having a backup is a good start, having a disaster recovery plan ensures that data and associated systems are accessible after downtime.


Provide Scalability


With different types of data, different methods of access, and constant growth, companies face a huge challenge managing data storage infrastructure. Whatever solutions you use must be efficient, cost-effective, and scalable.


For these reasons is why many storage experts are looking to hyper-converged infrastructure to help streamline and simplify data storage management. An HCI easily blends network technologies, storage, and virtualization into one easy-to-manage, easy-to-scale system. If you want to keep ahead of the game, finding new solutions and simpler solutions is the key to your data protection strategy.


Protect Your Business Today


When it comes to data protection and physical data storage, simply starting from any point is never a good idea. One of the best things that you can do is start your cyber security and data protection strategies by basing them on a solid foundation established with a vulnerability assessment.


A vulnerability assessment done by an accredited agency will help you identity your weaknesses and help you move forward with solid strategies to protect your business in an insecure world.


Contact us now to schedule an assessment for your business, let's get you the protection you need.