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Enterprise Cloud Storage Vendor List

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Cloud-based storage continues to be a hotly debated topic. As with any one storage solution there are pros and cons; the pros of cloud storage being disaster recovery and backup capabilities and the cons revolving around security concerns and performance.

It is important to keep in mind some of the most basic of features that should be included with cloud storage solutions. With redundancy and disaster recovery options as one of the greatest strengths of cloud storage, make sure the provider is capitalizing on this advantage. Keeping only a single copy of your data should be unacceptable, and ideally there would be multiple copies across more than one of the provider's data centers.

As with anything storage related, scaling is something to take into consideration. Auto-scaling has become a fairly standard feature in local storage options and can be found among many cloud storage vendors.

Each storage provider's service is also backed by some type of service-level agreement that guarantees specific conditions are met, so when it comes to your contract, look before you leap.

Below we have provided an alphabetical list of cloud storage vendors and products that offer enterprise-grade solutions in different forms, illustrating the variety of services the industry has to provide. Some vendors provide a myriad of storage services, such as Amazon S3, while others specialize in a single area, usually disaster recovery and data backup.

ADrive

ADrive's cloud storage solution provides a number of data protection options. Users are able to mirror their data across multiple geographic locations, protecting their information from possible geo-specific natural disasters as well as simple drive failure. Customers also have the option of connecting to ADrive servers through a virtual private network (VPN) connection or through several other network topologies to choose from, such as GRE tunnels and Remote Access tunnels.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS S3 is a very popular cloud storage solution, and for good reason as it provides auto-scaling based on traffic demands, offers several redundancy options and will be one of the faster options on this list due to Amazon's data centers across the globe, providing reduced latency no matter your location. Users may also create policies to archive certain data from S3 to Amazon Glacier storage for cheap, but slow, long term storage.

Commvault Simpana

Simpana is a customizable storage solution. While it provides standard redundancy features, such as snapshots and deduplication, Commvault's “unified platform” offers an interesting approach to managing data. All data services are built on a shared code base that can be fitted with various modules to add functionality, such as analysis, replication, archiving and data search.

Egnyte HybridCloud

As the name suggests, this is a hybrid cloud solution, meaning storage is synchronized between Egnyte data centers and on-premises hardware. The Egnyte Local Cloud appliance can be installed on any server running VMware ESX or ESXi and can be integrated with other apps, such as Google Docs, Outlook and Salesforce.com. The service also comes with central access management and the ability to monitor file usage.

MezeoCloud

MezeoCloud is a very maliable storage solution. It comes in the form of deployable software and can be used for private, hybrid or public cloud storage, specifically Amazon S3. The software provides policy-based replication, encryption and thin provisioning, as well as data placement among connected data centers. With MezeoCloud users also have access to a number of API's via the Internet.

RISC Data Backup

RISC's cloud storage solution is well suited to companies with laptop-dependent employees. The storage backup service will carry out a daily data backup onto their servers, which is then immediately mirrored to a second RISC data center. All of this is manageable and can be monitored from RISC's backup software. The software is compatible with any OS.

Microsoft StorSimple

StorSimple's is another hybrid cloud solution as well as an interesting expansion of the storage area network (SAN) model. The storage solution combines hybrid storage set ups, meaning SSD/HDD storage integration, with a cloud storage option for both storage and backup/disaster recovery. The solution is compatible with Windows, Linux and VMware servers through iSCSI connections, and connects to cloud storage via your WAN using an AES-256 encryption.

Zetta Data Protect

Zetta's storage offering also combines local and public cloud assets. Mainly used for backup and disaster recovery, the solution is compatible with relational databases as well as VMware, Hyper-V, NetApp and Exchange servers. Zetta makes sure to emphasize data backup and recovery speeds, claiming that its data centers can provide 4TB of recovery data in 24 hours.  

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