Data is the greatest asset and biggest challenge facing any small, medium or large-sized business trying to move any or all of their services to the cloud. With more and more new data being created every day a company is in operation and a need to store as much of it as possible, many companies are feeling the crunch of tight budgets after years of operating in a rocky IT market. While the cloud offers a number of ways to deal with the flood of data many companies are finding themselves under, VPS options and VMs suffer from problems of their own, problems that can make hamper the ability of the cloud to effectively deal with IT concerns.
Although virtual machines are great at managing applications and software and now have intelligent hypervisors that can partition I/O usage appropriately, the sheer amount of data many companies need to store often leads to storage, security and backup problems. Storage is not only difficult to properly manage and partition properly under current systems, but can end up costing far more than even standard physical servers. In addition, backups for many companies are difficult as cloud providers may have to induce crashes to get accurate snapshots of the system, leading to potential data loss. As well, security for storage systems remains a problem, with many companies feeling that their abundance of data isn’t properly protected, especially in on the public side of the equation.
Flash-based, solid-state drives, inline data compression and higher efficiency data sequencing methods are now offering more viable ways for companies to deal with their data and ensure that they can effectively deal with the amount of information they constantly process and record.