Part 1 – Some Background
There was a time when storage was synonymous with the attic, basement, and the garage. The filing cabinets that stored all those hand written scraps of paper, notebooks, binders, and print outs are now overfilled – and I can’t afford to continue to buy so many of them – or else their contents have been relegated to “file boxes” stored in a closet or even off site with rented space at a third-party storage company. The 21st Century information explosion that was predicted in the 70s and 80s has come true and where you now keep your “stuff” – as in physical as well as digital has become much more complicated. And dozens of “cloud” data storage providers have sprung up all over the world to entice you to get your “stuff” off your computer, smartphone, or tablet and onto their storage systems. As well, paper shredding companies now come to your business with shredders and confetti compactors in the backs of large trucks to service the 21st Century overflow of paper.
DAS – stands for Direct Attached Storage, which is a mechanical (it spins) or solid state (it doesn’t) device integrated into or connected to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. The cost of DAS storage has plummeted over the past few years to the point where many of us can afford to keep our “stuff” either on or nearby our computers. But only a few of us do.
NAS – stands for Network Attached Storage, which again is a mechanical or solid state device that is located in close proximity to you, either at home or inside the building where you work. These are more expensive and a frequently used by hobbyists or folks with some tech proficiency.
SAN – stands for Storage Area Network and is a storage system that can either be in close proximity, like a NAS, but which also might be located at a distant location, and which is designed to be easily reached by or connected to you via the Internet of a private connection.
Cache – is a built-in system that makes a copy of your data so that is more readily available to you and/or readies it for storage somewhere else.
Download – is a method for me to import/transfer data from a remote storage system to my device.
Upload – is a method for me to export/transfer data from my device to a remote location offsite or in the cloud.
Streaming – is a multi-media data delivery system which provides us (and many other people) simultaneous access to data on demand in a way that continuously provides it so that a “message” (document, photo, video) is available on our devices when we want it but doesn’t require that wekeep any data after we are finished with it. This eliminates any problem of overloading or filling local storage.
Cloud Storage – is a third-party off-site storage system to which you export/transfer your data so that it is available to you anytime and from anywhere or from any device onto which you might want to import/transfer or otherwise use it.
Tomorrow – Storage as a Way of Life Part 2 – 3 Storage Scenarios