Choosing a Communication and Data Storage Platform

As companies become more reliant on digital tools and programming the data that power them is becoming a more important element. In many instances data storage and communication are crucial to the relationships businesses have with their clients, customers, and other partners. If data is stolen or damaged this can rob those parties of trust and lead to business losses.

Enterprises require a reliable platform for communication and data storage in order to prevent the loss of valuable data. Platforms must be able ingest massive amounts of information in real-time and have the ability to keep this data forever. Additionally, they need to permit data to be easily accessed by various systems that require it.

There are two major types of data storage: direct area and network-based. Direct area storage, also called direct-attached storage (DAS) is stored on hardware that’s directly connected to the computer that uses it. Examples include hard disk drives, USB flash drives, optical discs and solid state drives like compact discs, or digital video discs. DAS devices can be more expensive than networked data storage however they offer faster access and greater local backup capabilities.

Network-based storage of data is stored on servers that are connected to a network, usually in the data center. This type of storage permits more information sharing, and offers greater redundancy and disaster protection than DAS. It is also more affordable than DAS depending on the storage solution chosen. Common solutions include storage area networks (SAN) as well as network-attached systems (NAS) and object storage platforms.