The year of the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a huge boost to remote working and, by extension, the use of the cloud and cloud storage. The storage content of Computer Weekly reflects this in the volume and content of the articles.
This collection of the top 10 cloud storage stories of 2020 covers all the key decision points and developments in the field. These include detailed examinations of all types of cloud storage available, such as block and file object storage from the big three providers, as well as the different levels of service available within these.
We also cover the rise of hybrid and multi-cloud approaches, which are often the optimal way to work for organizations that need to meet unpredictable spikes in demand by bursting off-site storage and processing.
The flip side of this has been the emergence of on-site hardware, including storage, provided by the big three cloud players as a way to smooth the bond between the data center and the cloud.
Finally, we look at the perennial questions for cloud storage: what are the best workloads to move to the cloud, and how do we keep cloud storage costs in check?
Here are the Top 10 Computer Weekly Cloud Storage Stories of 2020:
1. IT Priorities for 2020: Covid-19 Consolidates Drive From Storage to Cloud
The emphasis on home and remote work has been felt in storage and backup, as in all areas of IT, with a continuous evolution towards cloud and storage and backup as a service.
2. Big storage meets cloud in the data center as a service revolution
The cloud is mainstream, but the data center is here to stay. This has led to a trend toward service as a service in the data center, where the big storage array manufacturers and cloud giants meet.
3. Do you already use cloud storage for these use cases?
We look at the most suitable use cases for a quick transition to the cloud: Backup, Archive, Disaster Recovery, File Storage, and Cloud Blast – the easiest fruit of cloud storage.
4. Cloud Storage Costs – How to Control Cloud Storage Bills
Many organizations turn to the cloud to cut storage budgets, but the potential costs are many and varied. So what are the key ways to lower your cloud storage costs?
5. Cloud storage 101: storage of files, blocks and objects in the cloud
We run the rule on file, block, and object storage from the big three public cloud providers: AWS, Azure, and GCP. We analyze what is offered and the use cases they are aimed at.
6. On-site cloud storage hardware: AWS, Azure, Google Cloud
We look at on-site offerings from the big three cloud providers: AWS Outposts, Hardware Gateway and Snow, Azure Arc and Stack Appliances, and Google Cloud Software Defined Anthos.
7. Cloud Storage 101: NAS File Storage on AWS, Azure, and GCP
We discussed NAS file storage options on AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. All three offer native and NetApp-based file storage, and Azure adds single namespace cache services.
8. Storj app integrates QNAP NAS into its Uber-like cloud storage network
QNAP NAS users can use the Storj app to configure reserve capacity as part of the Tardigrade S3 cloud, which offers storage at half the cost of major providers.
9. Multi-cloud storage 101: Pros, cons, pitfalls, and strategies
Not putting all your eggs in one basket can be helpful to a company’s resilience strategy. We discuss multicloud storage and the benefits and pitfalls that come with it.
10. Cloud flash storage: AWS, Azure, and GCP SSD options
We look at the flash storage options available from the big three cloud providers – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform – that can help bridge the gap between on-site and cloud workloads.