Choosing a Communication and Data Storage Platform

As companies become more reliant on digital tools and programming the data that power them is becoming an increasingly vital component. In many cases data storage and communication play vital roles in the relationships that businesses have with their customers, clients and other partners. This could lead to an erosion of trust between the parties and the business.

To avoid losing valuable information enterprises need a reliable communication and data storage platform. Platforms should be able to ingest massive amounts of data in real-time and have the ability to store data indefinitely. They must also allow multiple systems to easily access data.

Direct area storage and network-based storage are two of the most popular types. Direct-attached storage, also known as DAS, is stored on hardware directly connected to the computer. Examples include optical discs, diskettes like compact discs (CDs) and digital video discs (DVDs) as well as hard disk drives (HDDs), USB flash drives or solid-state drive (SSDs). DAS devices are generally more expensive than network-based data storage but they can provide faster access and more local backup options.

Data storage that is network-based is done on servers connected to the network. This usually takes place in a datacenter. This kind of storage allows for more information sharing, and offers better redundancy and disaster protection than DAS. It is also cheaper than DAS, depending on the storage solution selected. Common solutions include network-attached storage (NAS), storage area networks (SAN) and object storage platforms.

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