Five Critical Questions to Ask Before Moving Data to the Cloud

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Storage Format

In what storage format is my data stored?

Common storage formats (both in and out of the cloud) include block, file and object storage. Cloud storage typically includes some variation of all three, but they are utilized for different purposes and applications. For most file services such as backup, file sync and share, as well as for storage of large amounts of unstructured data, object is the preferred format – for both its massive scalability and cost-efficiency. AWS S3 is an object storage system, as is OpenStack Swift.

Normally, storage format is not something cloud users need to concern themselves with – but if there are cost concerns and scalability expectations and you are using one of the lesser-known cloud providers, it is wise to verify the suitability of storage format to your needs.

In the last few years, "the cloud" has become a household term, yet it's not always as well understood as you might think. Used in this popular singular form, "the cloud" suggests that there really is a single, nebulous entity where computing resources and endless data storage magically reside. Of course, the reality is that the cloud is a network of data centers, and within those, a network of servers and storage nodes. The real mystery begins when organizations start taking a closer look at the cloud's inner workings, asking such questions as: Where exactly does my cloud data live?

Understandably, many organizations are still wary of placing their sensitive data anywhere but in their own data centers. In that case, they know exactly where the data resides. However, there are reasons why enterprises – even in regulated industries – would want to use external cloud services – a move that doesn't necessarily mean they lose sight and control of their data. In this slideshow, CTERA outlines five questions organizations need to ask before moving data to the cloud.

 

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