Cloud Storage has lent enough goodwill to the business intelligence enterprises but it would be imprudent to trust it blindly. While, it has given the required boom to the industry, there is absolutely nothing that is without loopholes. Digital data storage saw a new life in the cloud storage techniques and the transformation is nothing but marvelous. At the same time, it is unlikely that one could encompass all the emoluments into one particular package which is why it is inevitable to not discuss the challenges that one encounters whilst using cloud storage for data management.
There are two extremely emphasizing challenges associated with cloud storage- cloud lock-in and management complexity.
Let us take them one by one.
1. Cloud Lock-In
The inability to transfer data from one cloud storage facility to other for example from Amazon AWS to Microsoft Azure Blob is cloud lock-in. As a customer owing to the cost-effectiveness and smooth functioning, one tends to choose more than one storage options. Various storage environments use their own protocols which is why the on-premise storage systems are never compatible with others creating a lock-in. The factor of interchangeability devoid you to have all the data under one umbrella at a particular time.
2. Management Complexity
The complexity here refers to the one originated due to failure in the proper management of available storage environments. Consequently, the chances of a data breach are increased and data security is compromised. This demands extended control over the several storage environments available.
There is always a back door to the problems that look unsolvable at first. And in this case, we have three of them.
1. Gateway Device
It acts as a messenger between the on-premise storage and the cloud storage. Any data that has to be transferred has to go via the gateway device. It is impossible to transfer data from cloud to cloud or cloud to on-premise storage. It sure does increases the costing and workload management but this is the only way out.
2. Hybrid Cloud
It is a way by which the cloud storage acts as an extension to on-premise data storage. The data on local system uploads the same on cloud storage using the same software thereby creating two copies of it.
3. Multicolored Controller
It allows all the data to be viewed together at the same time. All the data appear to be a single data wherein the data can also move from one cloud to another. Here, the on-premise data storage is connected to cloud storage and any data can be searched here within. There is a controller software required to make this happen which signals towards increased costs. It ensures flexibility and accessibility of data. Moreover, all the data can be accessed under a single API.
Out of all the three solutions, technicians advise going for the multicolored controller as the first choice due to its obvious benefits.