Company information is among the most important organization assets. It should be stored in a way that is safe, secure, accessible and manageable.
The entry level of shared and centrally managed information storage is file services. They are usually one of the basic roles, provided by a server in an organization. It allows centralized information storage, access management, backup and retention.
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Network Attached Storage (NAS) takes the file sharing concept a step further, by separating the storage role in a dedicated hardware server. This allows the use of storage-specialized servers which provide additional storage-specific optimizations and capabilities, such as ease of management, different hardware RAID levels, various file sharing protocols (SMB/CIFS, NFS, rsync, etc.), backups, snapshots, etc.
I design and implement NAS storage solutions according to the size and performance requirements of the client – from SOHO NAS devices, through high-end ready made NAS devices, to specialized storage solutions, based on FreeBSD and ZFS. The choice is heavily influenced on the organization’s IT capabilities as well as on its needs, e.g. the ability to manage a simpler or a more complex storage solution inhouse/as-a-service.
Storage Area Network (SAN)
While NAS-servers provide shared, file-level access, Storage Area Networks (SANs) provide exclusive, block-level access, e.g. network mounted, virtual “hard-drives” with reserved size and performance characteristics.
I design and implement iSCSI, ZFS-based FreeBSD servers with pre-defined storage size and performance. I design high-speed, high-IOPS storage arrays for databases and virtual machines, as well as high-capacity, low-cost storage arrays for regular data storage and backups, even in the same hardware server.
Cloud storage enables organizations to offload their storage activities to an external provider, get virtually unlimited capacity and access to files from everywhere. Offloading of sensitive data may or may not be feasible, depending on the cloud provider, encryption, etc.
I advise clients on the best cloud storage solution fitting their needs, as well as design and implement more complex solutions including multi-server cloud environments that need storage with certain parameters – capacity, performance, price, geographic location, etc.
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