- 04 Aug 2022
- Updated on 04 Aug 2022
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A cloud architect is an IT professional whose role is to develop a company’s cloud computing strategy, including how to store and manage data.
An Ideal Solution for a Cloud Architect’s Computing Strategy
Many cloud architects embrace a multi-cloud strategy to avoid lock-in, minimize expenses, and optimize performance. Wasabi hot cloud storage is extremely economical, fast and reliable cloud object storage for any purpose. Unlike first-generation cloud storage services with confusing storage tiers and complex pricing schemes, Wasabi is easy to understand and cost-effective to scale. One storage tier, with predictable and straightforward pricing, supports virtually every cloud storage use case, making Wasabi a perfect fit for a multi-cloud implementation.
Cloud backup is a data backup method wherein a copy of data is sent over a proprietary or public network to a secure cloud-based server. Since most cloud computing services are provided by a third-party vendor, cloud backup storage fees are often set based on factors such as scalability needs, overall number of users, or how often the data is accessed. After being stored off-site, the data remains available from any access point, and can also be shared among multiple cloud users.
Get More for Your Money With Cost-Conscious Cloud Backup
The rise of cloud computing has completely changed the way businesses manage, store, and protect their data – for the better. After all, modern backup solutions offer advantages in terms of performance, scalability, and security when compared to traditional methods. This is especially true at the enterprise level, where managing massive amounts of data and ensuring it’s securely backed up and recoverable is essential.
With Wasabi hot cloud storage, businesses of all sizes now have an affordable method of making sure data is backed up, replicated, and secure at all times. Wasabi’s unique cloud storage pricing model makes backup data easily and quickly accessible while eliminating equipment expenses and providing infinite scalability. Compare this to legacy cloud services like AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure, all of which remain tiered, costly, and complicated. With Wasabi, you’re liberated from having to choose different tiers to balance out your unique needs – making cloud backup as affordable as it is simple.
Cloud bursting is a configuration that can be set up to occur whenever organizations run out of computing resources within their internal data centers; when this happens, they can then “burst” the additional workload or data out to an external cloud.
How the Hybrid Cloud Allows for Reliable, Efficient Cloud Bursting
Because cloud bursting is a configuration that’s set up between both private and public clouds, it’s fully dependent on hybrid cloud deployment models. The gist is: once full capacity is reached within a company’s private cloud, the excess traffic is automatically redirected to (or “burst” out to) a public cloud for safe backup.
Due to the fact that different companies experience varying workload levels and demands regarding data storage requirements, cloud bursting provides a convenient and cost-effective solution in the case of data overload – especially since companies only need to pay for those extra computing resources when they’re actually needed.
Wasabi’s affordable and reliable hybrid storage solutions provide a perfect way to cloud burst, no matter the size of your company or data demands. And unlike first-generation cloud storage services that come with confusing pricing tiers, Wasabi is easy to understand and cost-effective to scale.
Cloud computing is the on-demand and online delivery of computing services, with most falling into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
Why is Cloud Computing Important?
Cloud computing completely changes how businesses store and manage their data by offering increased flexibility, recovery methods, minimal maintenance, higher degrees of security, and many other benefits that traditional storage methods simply cannot.
One of the many cloud computing models is cloud storage, including the enterprise-class, tier-free, instantly available storage solutions provided by Wasabi. This means cloud computing empowers businesses by allowing them to migrate their data to a potentially bottomless cloud, helping them create second copies, avoid massive on-site data loss and many other benefits that are crucial to 21st-century success.
Cloud Computing Elasticity
In cloud computing, elasticity refers to a system’s ability to continuously adapt to constantly shifting workload, storage, and data requirements through the provisioning (or, in some cases, the deprovisioning) of various pooled resources. In other words, it’s a program’s ability to resize itself to support the on-the-fly needs of an organization’s storage requirements.
Efficient & Effective Cloud Elasticity from Wasabi
With the world churning out an immense 2.5 exabytes of new data every single day, it’s no longer just an option; businesses need dependable and affordable elasticity from their cloud service providers if they hope to keep up with modern demands.
Wasabi’s cloud object storage is ideal for this sort of growth, providing businesses of all sizes with unlimited elasticity and endless storage capacity designed to solve even the biggest of Big Data storage problems. In addition, Wasabi’s pricing for these types of services is up to 80% less expensive than other leading providers, all while providing faster performance and infinitely scalable – and secure – durability.
Cloud Data Center
While most modern cloud solutions are delivered by a third-party over the internet, it’s not uncommon for some companies to rely on a model in which their organization has its very own data center to serve as their private cloud. Despite the differences in ownership, these cloud data centers still serve the same basic function as third-party data centers. The only difference is that third-party data centers are located off-site (sometimes across multiple locations).
Stay Connected With Wasabi’s Hot Cloud Data Centers
Cloud data centers offer a convenient alternative to traditional data centers by allowing businesses to store their growing data and applications off-premises. To further simplify things, all the data and applications are hosted by third-party cloud services providers – such as Wasabi.
In the case of Wasabi, customer data is deployed in 100% secure and redundant data centers. Wasabi’s customers have full control over which Wasabi data centers across the US, EU, and APAC to store their data in. Wasabi’s users can easily connect to any of our hot cloud storage locations around the world using a variety of high-speed connectivity options.
A cloud engineer is a professionally trained individual responsible for performing a variety of technical duties associated with the upkeep and maintenance of cloud computing systems. These duties can be incredibly varied, encompassing everything from designing the actual cloud systems themselves to implementing and monitoring the associated software over time.
How Cloud Engineering Works at Wasabi
Many smaller cloud computing companies are forced to assign a massive amount of duties onto a single individual, resulting in one person juggling the myriad responsibilities of cloud architects, cloud software engineers, cloud systems engineers, and more – all under the umbrella title of “cloud engineer.”
However, Wasabi’s larger organizational size, coupled with our team of specialized cloud computing experts, allows us to assign these diverse cloud engineer roles to a number of people, instead of forcing all these responsibilities on just one individual. As a result, each of Wasabi’s cloud engineers is able to focus on the exact area of expertise where they excel, which always results in a better end product and customer experience for our clients.
Cloud lock-in (also known as vendor lock-in or data lock-in) occurs when transitioning data, products, or services to another vendor’s platform is difficult and costly, making customers more dependent (locked-in) on a single cloud storage solution.
Some vendors, like AWS, lock-in customers by charging excessive transfer fees to move data out of their cloud, and other cloud companies lock-in customers by limiting their products’ integration potential with other vendor products.
How can Enterprises avoid Cloud Lock-in?
Nearly half (47%) of organizations surveyed by IDG listed cloud lock-in as their top cloud implementation challenge. Luckily, organizations can use Wasabi hot cloud storage as part of a multi-cloud implementation to improve choice and avoid vendor lock-in.
Wasabi offers direct, high-speed connectivity to AWS and other popular IaaS and PaaS solutions through partnerships with leading colocation, carrier hotel and exchange providers like Equinix, Flexential, Limelight Networks and Megaport. These private network connections avoid internet latency and bottlenecks, providing fast and predictable performance. And unlike with first-generation cloud providers, we have no charges for egress or API requests that are often required with a cloud to cloud data transfer.
Cloud Management Platform (CMP)
A cloud management platform or “CMP” is software designed to combine a set of features or modules together, thereby allowing for the management of multiple types of cloud environments in a single interface. CMPs are essential for businesses storing data in a number of locations and mediums, since, without a CMP, each storage array must be managed individually. However, as strategically integrated products, CMPs provide a solution that allows for the management of data across platforms.
Discover an Affordable, Scalable CMP Capable of Meeting Any Multi-Cloud Needs
CMPs that can handle multiple types of cloud environments are becoming more and more essential for companies wanting to balance costs with performance. Wasabi’s hot cloud storage is not only economical, fast, and reliable, but also promotes easy management of multiple types of cloud environments.
Unlike first-generation cloud storage service providers who are infamous for their confusing storage tiers and convoluted pricing schemes, Wasabi is 100% straightforward and transparent when it comes to pricing. With our hot cloud storage, you get one product capable of supporting virtually every cloud storage use-case scenario.
Cloud migration is the process of moving company data or applications to a cloud-based solution. Whether the data is moved from local storage or from another cloud, the migration process can involve moving all data at once, or slowly over a period of time. Additionally, some companies may opt to have certain applications remain on-premise while others are moved to the cloud.
The Growing Need for Cloud Migration
When companies had no choice but to store their data within their own infrastructures, the business landscape was drastically different than it is today. As more and more reasons emerge to take the plunge into cloud storage, a growing number of businesses are finding convincing reasons to migrate some or all of their company data to the cloud. (See Hybrid Cloud.)
For countless businesses migrating to the cloud, Wasabi’s storage solutions have been the go-to for an efficient way to reduce recurring expenses, lower overall TCO, and boost storage performance. In addition, Wasabi works with the leading cloud computing platforms, including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. This means companies can build and run their applications on any of these other platforms, or on-prem, then store their data safely on Wasabi to cut costs, avoid surprises, and improve business results.
Traditional Network Attached Storage (NAS) is an intelligent storage device that is connected to a home or office network. A cloud NAS works similarly to any on-premises NAS found in an on-premises data center, only the data is stored in the cloud as opposed to a physical NAS infrastructure.
The Growing Demand for Cloud NAS Capabilities
Cloud-based Network Attached Storage solutions have become an increasingly popular choice for organizations of all sizes. That’s because they allow businesses to use cloud storage for their multitudinous applications, systems, and archival functions – and do all of this completely virtually.
The cloud-reliant virtualization of the traditional NAS process simplifies infrastructure while providing a variety of flexible deployment options. As the nature of work evolves alongside the rapid increase of data being generated on a daily basis, businesses need an efficient, cloud-based NAS to offer them limitless data management, back up, and storage. Fortunately, due to Wasabi’s ease-of-use with various NAS backup solutions, organizations now have an intuitive and cost-effective cloud NAS solution.
Cloud Operating System (Cloud OS)
Also known as a “virtual operating system,” a cloud operating system is a unique type of operating system that’s been specifically designed to function within a cloud computing and/or virtualization environment. While carrying out its duties, a cloud OS effectively manages the essential operating processes required to manage virtual infrastructures (and, in some cases, the back-end hardware or software resources, as well).
Operating is Made Easy with Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage
Cloud operating systems are beneficial because they allow the end users to manage their tasks while on the go through a number of devices, including tablets and netbooks, in a manner similar to what would be done on a desktop. Even more important, however, is the fact that cloud operating systems enhance employee productivity by enabling the faster delivery of applications across private, public, and hybrid clouds.
When it comes to operating systems – and the topic of cloud storage in general – we at Wasabi believe everything should be made as simple, secure, and affordable as possible. That’s why Wasabi avoids the confusing storage tiers and convoluted pricing schemes associated with legacy cloud storage services to give our customers predictable, affordable, and easily operable cloud services, regardless of whether they’re using a private, public, or hybrid solution.
Cloud Operations (CloudOps)
Short for “cloud operations,” the term “cloud ops” refers to any managerial activities related to the continuous updates or optimizations of IT services being run through a public cloud. In other words, CloudOps is the process of identifying and following appropriate operational procedures to optimize IT services within any given cloud environment.
Secure & Efficient CloudOps Solutions From Wasabi
As the demands of modern data storage continue to skyrocket, a growing number of businesses are seeking out more efficient ways to store, maintain, and protect their infrastructures. Fortunately, advanced CloudOps services offer a wide array of benefits to organizations of all sizes.
With extensive knowledge and years of expertise surrounding the topic of efficient cloud management, Wasai can help ensure your cloud computing systems are always available, secure, and optimized, resulting in smooth, continuous, uninterrupted performance.
Cloud portability is a company’s ability (or, in some cases, their level of freedom) to move their own applications and/or data from one cloud storage environment to another. Virtually all of today’s cloud-based storage applications and data are portable to some degree, so long as there is enough time and resources migrate from one vendor to another.
Flexible Cloud Portability Options With Wasabi Hot Storage
With Wasabi’s flexible hot cloud storage solutions, businesses have the freedom to move any of their cloud applications or data from one host environment or vendor to another. However, just like with any other vendor – whether it be AWS, Microsoft Azure, or another number of other leading cloud service providers – the exact amount of work required to port an application from one platform to another depends completely upon the scenario.
However, at Wasabi, we’re always prepared to deal with the most common cloud porting and compatibility issues, ensuring this process goes as smoothly as possible for our customers.
Simply put, “cloud provisioning” is the process of deploying a company’s unique cloud computing strategy with the underlying intent of improving upon existing business processes. Perhaps the most common example of cloud provisioning is when a company transitions some of its existing applications to the cloud without having to significantly re-architect those applications.
How Wasabi Streamlines the Cloud Provisioning Process
Before the actual deployment of any cloud provisioning strategy can begin, the total costs must be determined and agreed upon, as well as a number of other key matters such as the necessary level of reliability, fault tolerance, and security.
However, when it comes to cloud provisioning, Wasabi ensures all of our clients’ unique infrastructure needs are taken into account before applications are ever migrated. In addition, the executive members of our team go to great lengths to meticulously outline road maps to identify potential software development needs or complications ahead of time. These road maps are then reviewed and implemented by our highly skilled technology teams.
In addition, Wasabi has two primary provisioning methods available for the management of our cloud storage accounts when they’re used by end-user customers. The methods include:
- Using separate Wasabi accounts for each customer via the Wasabi Account Management API.
- Using a single Wasabi account with separate storage bucket for each customer
Cloud Storage 2.0
While Cloud Storage 1.0 represents the first wave of what we now consider legacy-enterprise cloud vendors, Cloud Storage 2.0 is defined by the next generation of cloud storage options that reduce cloud storage pricing and increase performance by leveraging the latest technologies that didn’t exist before.
A Brief History of Cloud Storage 2.0
More than a decade ago, Cloud Storage 1.0 began the migration from on-premises to cloud implementations, and this began with what were then cutting-edge storage, computing, and network capabilities.
Over time, however, Cloud 1.0 capabilities gradually fell behind the increasingly complex needs of the market. Meanwhile, the price and performance of Cloud 1.0 solutions such as tape storage failed to adapt and keep up with unprecedented new technologies such as AI, IoT, and full-motion video. As a result, many companies soon found that Cloud 1.0 solutions were simply too expensive and too slow to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of their business. Enter: Cloud Storage 2.0.
Cloud Storage 2.0 solutions radically reduce storage costs, while also taking advantage of the latest technologies that simply weren’t around 10+ years ago. The result is much higher performance and more sophisticated capabilities that can meet the needs of today’s enterprise organizations. When it comes to storing more data affordably – and storing it online, where it’s immediately accessible – you get an idea of what’s possible with a Cloud Storage 2.0 solution like Wasabi’s hot cloud storage.
In cloud computing, cold storage environments are object storage areas designed for data that is accessed infrequently, such as information retained long-term for business or compliance purposes and archived files. Accessing your data from cold storage typically takes much longer than “hot storage” environments.
What’s Wasabi’s approach to Cold Storage?
We recognize that every piece of data has the potential to reshape your business. That’s why at Wasabi, all data is treated equally and made readily accessible no matter how you classify it—hot, cool or cold. Wasabi hot cloud storage is the best of both worlds: significantly less expensive than traditional cold storage services and significantly faster than traditional frequent-access storage services.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
How Does a CDN Work?
Today’s web users have little patience for applications that don’t deliver near-instantaneous performance. That means companies need a sound strategy for rapidly delivering content where it needs to go. Enter: CDNs.
CDNs present a viable solution to speeding up the delivery of all sorts of content. But delivering that content is only half the battle – organizations also need a place to store the source files. That’s why Wasabi has partnered with innovative CDN providers including Cloudflare, Fastly, and Limelight Networks. Now, Wasabi’s clients can employ our inexpensive, high-performance cloud services for origin storage while using our partners’ CDN offerings to deliver content to users at lightning-quick speeds.