The need for digital storage systems have increased rapidly over the years. As the digital world grows, more and more people and especially businesses are beginning to see the need of backing up as well as storing files for everyday use. The storage of data can range from the simplest and cheapest devices, to the more complex and expensive systems.
As businesses grow, there is the requirement for the provision of more virtual storage space.
1. The Smaller Storage Devices
The simpler devices include CDs and DVDs, flash memory cards and external hard drives. These devices do not have large spaces although your flash memory cards or stick and external hard drives could range into the TB sizes. The difficulty with the devices mentioned here, is that they are not for permanent storage.
For example, the CDs or DVDs can become completely inaccessible if it had been exposed to high or low temperatures. If these are not stored correctly (in an upright position like a book) they could become distorted and your data would be lost, as you would not be able to access it any longer.
It is, however, great to use for transferring information from one PC to another or for keeping data for a short period.
2. The More Reliable Storage Devices
If you are looking at storage space that would give you less trouble, you should look at purchasing a Solid State Drive (SSD drive). The SSD drive stores all the information and data in memory chips. This makes its accessibility much faster.
It also adds to the fact that, because of the memory chips, it does not have too many movable parts. Thus, it will not be that easily damaged. Even though it is more reliable than other storage spaces, this is also a temporary solution as these drives have a rough span of around five years.
3. The Larger Storage Spaces
These storage spaces are virtual storages spaces. Here there is reference to high-speed direct access storage devices. The reference here is to the 3D scaling storage platform as well.
These devices require storage architecture to be set in place. The 3D scaling storage platform means that the architecture provides for the ability to scale up, scale out and scale deep. The storage facility is utilized by enterprise storage applications for better utilization of resources and for lower cost.
Companies that would specialize in this type of storage often provide these storage systems. It saves your company on cost, as you do not need to grow your own backup systems and you do not need IT personnel for its management. If you need more storage space, this is done by the provider by providing the architecture for the growth.
Its greatest asset is that you can access your data from anywhere and at any time of the day or night.