Consider cloud-based object storage for backup
Even though disk and tape have historically been the primary choice for backup of various media types, object storage is quickly becoming the more preferred option to store backup data.
What is Object Storage good for?
- Object storage is good for archive, backup and recovery repository, compliance data, media and collaboration.
- Object storage does not apply where high performance, latency or quality of service are issues.
Cloud-based object storage has many advantages over other backup types, including the potential to reduce your organization’s costs. Even so, there are several things to consider before choosing object storage for backup.
Why is cloud-based object storage good for backup?
It provides unlimited scalability; it doesn’t run out of space like disk- or tape-based backup products can. An advantage is cloud providers offer pay-as-you-go pricing. This eliminates the need to purchase the expensive hardware required for on-premises backups. Additionally, object storage tends to have a lower cost per gigabyte than other types of storage.
Things to consider when choosing cloud-based object storage
Before adopting cloud-based object storage for backup, consider costs, connectivity options and cloud providers’ feature sets.
- Feature sets
All of the major cloud service providers offer object storage, but their prices vary considerably. Some providers’ rates vary by region, as well. In some cases, users can switch to a different region to get a better price.
Consider how the backup application will attach to the cloud-based object storage. One way is to attach to object storage for backup in the cloud is to use the backup software’s native capabilities. All the major cloud providers offer APIs that enable backup vendors to directly support the cloud provider’s storage. The main advantage of this approach is that, because support for cloud-based object storage is built directly into the backup application, it’s a simple process to connect to and use object storage.Unfortunately, a backup application is unlikely to offer native support for every cloud storage provider, so determine which clouds the backup application will work with. Some cloud providers have created object storage that will work with another cloud provider’s APIs. For example, there are some smaller cloud storage providers that are AWS S3-compatible, meaning that if a backup application natively supports AWS S3, then it should work with those clouds as well.
Organizations should also consider available features. Each cloud provider has its own set of features relative to object storage for backup. For example, a provider might offer the ability to automatically replicate backup copies to additional regions. Similarly, some cloud providers give you the ability to archive older data to a less expensive storage tier.
Why iland? All-inclusive pricing and guaranteed availability.
iland has redefined what customers can expect from object storage. Managed through the Secure Cloud Console, iland Secure Cloud Object Storage provides a cost-effective solution for the long-term storage and protection of older backups, “cold” application data, or tape replacement.
iland Secure Cloud Object Storage offers industy-specific security and compliance, guaranteed availability, and all-inclusive pricing. In addition, iland Object Storage can help you eliminate the need to buy more on-premises storage, quickly and easily, by enabling you to buy only what you need, when you need it.
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