Cloud computing has dramatically increased in popularity over the past few years, due primarily to the cost (capex and opex) and efficiency benefits it delivers to businesses of all sizes. Especially after the covid-19 pandemic, cloud computing and collaboration tools are getting more popular and gain more users than ever before. (See a related post from Forbes) But small and midsize businesses (SMB) are reaping the biggest benefits of the cloud. This is due, in part, to the fact that the cloud architecture enables SMBs to get the latest technology with minimal upfront investment and delivers the flexibility and scalability to grow with them as their needs increase.
These benefits can be particularly seen with hybrid cloud storage solutions. With hybrid cloud storage consolidation, all files are securely stored in the cloud, so there’s no need for large investments in storage hardware, backup hardware, and replication licenses. The cloud file server delivers the flexibility and scalability required to grow and change along with business needs. And because files are cached in a local filesystem and accessed over the LAN, the performance issues that plague traditional cloud storage solutions are avoided. As a result, users get the best of both worlds, NAS and cloud – the cost, scalability, and efficiency of the cloud with the performance of a local system. The additional benefits of hybrid cloud storage include enhanced data security, accessibility from anywhere with an internet connection, and the ability to easily scale storage capacity.
Morro Data CloudNAS is a hybrid cloud file server done right. It provides all the benefits of the cloud and the advantages of on-premises storage at an affordable price point. The only hardware required with Morro CloudNAS is a palm-sized CacheDrive. There’s no need to manage, maintain, or even touch the device – all data is saved directly to the cloud and, using Cache & Sync technology, files are automatically cached in the CacheDrive, and backups are automatically performed in the background. The files can be immediately and continuously accessed by multiple users at LAN speeds, using your regular broadband connection. The file size is only limited by CacheDrive capacity, making it easy to store and share even large multimedia files across groups, between multiple office locations, and even with partners and vendors.
With CloudNAS, you can access all files using a drive letter interface, making file access exactly the same as if they were stored locally. And since performance is the same as your local filesystem, your users won’t even realize that their files actually reside in the cloud. You benefit from the security, convenience, scalability, and simplicity of the cloud, at a price the business can afford, while retaining the performance benefits of a local filesystem. And because files are stored in the cloud, you eliminate the potential for data loss from hardware failures and site-wide disasters, local files stored outside the visibility and control of IT, and complicated multi-site storage, replication, and file sharing requirements. It’s a win-win, plain and simple.
Visit www.morrodata.com to learn how a hybrid cloud file server can help you reap the best of both worlds by blending the benefits of cloud storage with those of a local filesystem.