- 04 Aug 2022
- Updated on 04 Aug 2022
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A data archive is a place to store data that’s crucial for one’s business, yet doesn’t have to be accessed regularly (or ever). In other words, it can be thought of as a convenient modern solution for long-term data retention.
What Types of Archived Data Are There?
There are many reasons why businesses want (or need) to archive their data: meeting legal regulations and retaining business continuity are just two major examples. However, when it comes to archiving data for any reason, there are multiple ways in which it can be done.
For example, an active archive is data that’s only occasionally accessed but still available instantly online, without being restored from another source. Meanwhile, an inactive archive is infrequently accessed data that might be maintained long-term for regulatory compliance; this inactive data has historically been archived to tape and stored somewhere offsite.
However, with the emergence of hot cloud storage and services like those offered by Wasabi, you now have the option to rely on one simple, fast, and bottomless storage tier. In the modern age of cloud storage where you can store all of your data at the same low price, the concept of cold storage – such as keeping data saved to tapes – has become a thing of the past.
See Cloud Data Center.
A data lake is a flat architectural, enterprise-wide system for storing disparate forms of data in native format, including structured, semi-structured or unstructured data. You can implement a data lake in an enterprise data center or in the cloud.
What’s the benefit of a cloud-based Data Lake?
A cloud-based data lake eliminates equipment cost and complexity. Generally speaking, avoiding infrastructure design efforts, hardware procurement, installation and turn-up tasks can decrease rollout times from months to weeks.
Cloud data lakes also enable instant and infinite scalability to meet rapidly evolving business requirements and improve customer satisfaction. And compared to an on-premise data lake, a cloud-based data lake poses a lower risk. Users can replicate data across regions to improve resiliency and ensure continued availability in the event of a catastrophe.
With Wasabi Hot Cloud Storages serving as your Data Lake, your IT staff is free to work on strategic tasks to support the business—we’ll manage the physical infrastructure.
See Cloud Lock-In.
Data portability is the ability to transfer data among various cloud services, protecting users from cloud lock-in. As more and more organizations are storing large amounts of data in the cloud, data portability is an essential element of an accessible cloud computing environment.
How Wasabi Enables Data Portability
Wasabi has several transfer methods that accelerate moving large amounts of data, including Wasabi Ball and Wasabi Direct Connect.
The Wasabi Ball Transfer Appliance lets you move large datasets to Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage quickly, conveniently and cost-effectively. The Wasabi Ball Transfer Appliance is ideal for customers that don’t have sufficient network connection speeds to transfer large amounts of storage over the Internet or private network connections.
Wasabi Direct Connect is a high-speed, private, secure connection from your location directly to Wasabi. It is several times faster than a standard public Internet connection and vastly improves transfer times for large datasets.
DevOps is a collection of philosophies, methodologies and toolsets that help businesses deliver applications more quickly and cost-effectively. DevOps leverages agile and lean software development principles and practices to improve collaboration and productivity across engineering, quality assurance and operations teams.
How can Wasabi support my DevOps strategy?
DevOps helps companies accelerate time-to-market, improve software quality and reduce costs by eliminating independent functional and administrative silos, and automating change management, configuration management and deployment processes.
Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage is easy to understand, easy to automate, and exceptionally cost-effective to scale, which makes it perfect for DevOps. Using Wasabi eliminates upfront capital equipment investments, recurring hardware maintenance fees, and ongoing operations expenses (such as power, cooling, and real estate).
With Wasabi, you can also expand capacity on-demand to satisfy real-time application requirements and tightly align ongoing expenses with evolving business demands. And with no storage infrastructure to manage, you can free up IT operations staff to focus on strategic tasks to support and grow the business.
Digital Transformation is the process of using new digital technologies to evolve business as we know it. This can include overhauling business processes and operations, organizational culture, and/or customer experiences.
What is Wasabi’s place in Digital Transformation?
The storage solution you select for digital transformation must be 100% reliable and secure, scalable, and with predictable pricing—no extra fees for API calls or egress. And it should be simple—only one tier of service—so you don’t need calculators, software, or highly paid personnel to figure out where to store your data.
Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage is the solution: a universal, one size fits all cloud object storage service that eliminates confusing storage tiers and satisfies nearly all storage performance requirements.
Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)
A disaster recovery plan (DRP) combines business processes and IT infrastructure to protect an organization’s data against data loss, such as downtime caused by a natural disaster or cyber-attack. Disaster recovery is an important aspect of an organization’s business continuity plan, entailing more formal processes for replicating data to a secondary location and recovering an entire system or site. Now that Cloud Storage 2.0 is here, it no longer makes sense to save data to tape and move the tape to a salt mine, where it’s difficult and time-consuming to retrieve, when you can simply back it up to Wasabi where it’s available online 24/7.
Planning for Disaster Recovery with Wasabi
As businesses continue to extend their on-premises IT to reach multiple clouds, mobile networks, and far-flung end devices, the distinction between backup and disaster recovery is shrinking. And with the advent of hot cloud storage, businesses have an inexpensive, easily accessible tool to aid in the backups that contribute to their overall disaster recovery and business continuity plans. It’s a simple matter to back up files frequently to a secondary location (improving RPO) where they are immediately accessible should a disaster strike (improving RTO).