If you’re a business in 2020, there’s a very good chance you store some or all of your data in the cloud. Depending on what you do, that might be a very sound approach to navigating the topsy-turvy waters of data management these days. We’ve talked about the cloud before on this blog, and mentioned a few reasons why some in the military and Federal agencies are reluctant to rely on that storage solution. Suffice it to say, the cloud is someone else’s computer. It offers some conveniences, but the fact that you or your organization don’t manage it means its open to risk (and potentially a dealbreaker).
We’ve outlined how useful removability and interoperability are, and we’ve highlighted how removable storage is by far the fastest way to transport large-volume data. In both posts, the virtues of removable storage were discussed, but the reality is that many of our customers rely on the cloud as part of their complete data management process.
Over the years, we’ve worked with customers who wanted to add removable storage to their data workflow – even though they were already using the cloud – as a way of complementing their backup strategies and shoring up some of its weaknesses. The cloud offers flexibility to get work done quickly and remotely, but for organizations with sensitive data or many terabytes or even petabytes of data, it makes sense to augment a cloud strategy with a timeless solution like removable storage.
Every business might have a different reason for diversifying their approach to data management. Some don’t want all of their eggs in one basket, others have specific tasks where moving large data sets over a network is cumbersome. For example, we worked with one outfit that wanted to create large data recordings in remote locations where cloud connectivity was impractical. We’ve also helped a few businesses that rely on removable storage as a safeguard against unreliable connectivity or to preserve old data that’s no longer actively used but important for archival or legal requirements.
It’s important to remember that the utility of removability doesn’t have to be independent of cloud storage. Depending on your specific workflows, together the two solutions can offer significant benefit.
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