Traditional storage networks becoming obsolete amid rise of the cloud

As the cloud continues to gain popularity and more companies embrace the gains in efficiency offered by web-powered project management software, traditional means of data storage are beginning to move toward obsolescence. Storing massive volumes of data used to be a very difficult undertaking for large companies – in some cases, it required entire rooms full of supercomputers just to store everything, and that practice brought countless logistical headaches along with it.

How do employees find files when they go missing? How do they deal with accidental data loss, or malicious attacks from hackers? How do they deal with the costs of purchasing all this powerful computing equipment, not to mention paying for all the labor required for setting it up and maintaining it? Data storage used to bring a lot of difficult questions, and the cloud answers many of them.

Information is now easier to sort, and cloud systems can be easier to search to find missing files than bulky servers once were. Cloud networks also often come with built-in security and troubleshooting resources, they’re well-staffed with professionals for tech support and they’re affordable, too. Given all the benefits of moving to the cloud, it’s no wonder that old-school data centers are dying out.

Pere Hospital, chief technical officer of Cloudways, recently wrote for Cloud Tweaks that while this transition away from traditional storage isn’t yet complete, it is certainly on its way there.

“We know that this isn’t the end to the tussle between the traditional computing and the cloud,” Hospital wrote. “With the internet connection getting better and better and the coming of SSDs [solid-state drives] in cloud storage, it is thought that the cloud will completely make the traditional storage obsolete.”

Additional cloud benefits
Judith Hurwitz, Robin Bloor, Marcia Kaufman and Fern Halper, authors of “Cloud Computing For Dummies,” explained that the benefits of moving to cloud data extend far beyond simple factors like costs and tech resources. Furthermore, the cloud helps companies consolidate their apps. Whereas previously, managers of large data centers were forced to logistically juggle thousands of disparate applications, they can now manage their files in the cloud files using fewer apps – or possibly just one.

Other benefits of the cloud transition include standardized management tools and simpler workloads. By moving to the cloud, companies can simplify their employees’ daily lives. For those who are unsure about the simplicity and benefits of taking the plunge, BMI offers resources for making the cloud switch as seamless as possible.