Decentralized Storage Systems are now trending in all talks on storage technology. Decentralization works by breaking the data up into portions and storing it across many cloud-based devices instead of centralized storage, where an organization's collective data is stored in a single location.
Strategies in Implementing Decentralized Storage Systems
Decentralized storage systems have many advantages, such as helping protect data against cyber-attacks or data center failures, ensuring data privacy by not storing all data with single providers, etc.
For enterprises deciding to implement decentralized storage, there are three strategies that can help in the initial phases - here is a look.
1. Consider Use Cases According to Workloads
Before implementing decentralized storage systems, enterprises must consider how well such storage will work for their existing workloads. Since decentralized storage spreads data across multiple storage devices, there will always be an involvement of latency in storage I/O. For high-performance databases, enterprises may not want to use a decentralized system. Furthermore, some decentralized storage systems may require organizations to re-factor applications since they don't emulate capable systems.
2. Measure the Real Impact
Decentralized storage depends on redundancy to ensure the continuous availability of data. In normal cases, the data is uploaded to the decentralized storage provider, who makes multiple portions out of the data and sends these fragments to various cloud storage repositories. However, providers could also use a system of data cloning on the user side to provide far more upload bandwidth than regular cloud storage.
Furthermore, check whether providers charge data egress fees and how best to create backups of data stored on decentralized storage systems.
3. Choose a Solid Cloud Storage Provider
A properly constructed storage system should have no single point of failure - that is a fact. However, if a decentralized storage provider doesn't deliver, it becomes that point of failure, leading to the loss of data for the organization.
Since decentralized storage systems aim to spread data across the internet, it is imperative that the provider you choose can deliver faultless storage.
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