File-Based Storage Systems for the Cloud: A Critical Component for Multi-Cloud Data Storage
Melinda Smith May, 2017
In this report, Enrico Signoretti, Senior Storage Analyst, Gigaom, gives an overview of the market landscape and analyzes the most important aspects of cloud-based file storage architectures available in the market.
- File storage systems are a good compromise between cost and capacity for migrating legacy applications to the cloud. They allow users to avoid or postpone application refactoring while keeping costs under control.
- Some cloud file systems are designed for high performance, allowing end users to get results faster than with traditional file systems or object storage for high-performance workloads in the cloud, while improving overall infrastructure efficiency and total cost of ownership (TCO).
- Cloud file systems allow implementation of a two-tier storage strategy enabling the end user to take advantage of object storage and seamlessly move cold data to a cheaper repository, improve data protection and data mobility.