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Best Data Storage Solutions for Climate Information

It’s hard to believe that as recently as ten to 15 years ago people were talking about the weather when they mentioned a cloud. It’s equally difficult to believe that businesses back then were thought to be on the cutting edge if they needed data storage for millions of files.

Today, 10-terabyte drives aren’t unusual and people of nearly every age are using the cloud to store documents and pictures. Now, many businesses need data storage technologies that can enable them to store billions of files. With the climate changing from day to day, hour to hour and second to second, you probably have a lot of data to store if your business tracks climate information or you’re a researcher studying climate change and its effects on the environment.

Data Storage Technology for Your Valuable Information

No matter why you’re storing information about the climate, the key is to find the best data storage technology to ensure you can store your information securely and access it whenever and wherever you want to do so. Here are some common data storage systems that you may want to consider:

  • Storage Area Network, or SAN: A storage area network is a dedicated network that connects servers and storage devices. These storage devices and servers are normally connected via ethernet cables, InifiBands or a Fibre Channel. If you need a low-latency, block-level data storage system, a SAN may be for you.

  • Network Attached Storage, or NAS: One of the popular data storage solutions currently available, an NAS can be purpose-built or general purpose. A NAS is basically a one-stop shop of integrated hardware and software that delivers stored files to users.

  • Software-Defined Storage, or SDS: SDS is a type of storage that can involve file- or object-based, block, cloud and storage management options. These data storage solutions often have features like distribution, replication, search and backup.

  • Cloud Storage: Cloud storage can be either private or public. In many instances, private cloud data storage is the way to go. This is particularly true if you’re going to store a large amount of information for a long time or you’re going to analyze your stored data often.

How to Choose the Best Storage Solution for Your Climate Data

Choosing a new data storage technology can be difficult in general. It can be even more challenging if you have an existing data storage system that you want to incorporate with newer technology. Identifying a data storage system that will be able to handle your current and future data storage needs will be much easier if you ask and answer the following questions:

  • What kind of data will I store and how quickly will the volume of data increase?

  • What are my access patterns?

  • How long will I need to store data?

If you figured out what kind of data storage you want by answering those questions, we invite you to purchase a data storage solution from our menu of options now. If you need help figuring out which data storage system is the best one for you, contact SANDirect so we can help you today.

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