Cloud storage gateway (CSG) solutions act as a bridge between local applications and remote cloud-based storage centers. They facilitate protocol translation – enabling connectivity – between the application and data storage center. Without a CSG, these two elements would not be able to communicate. These solutions make storing, receiving, and sharing files and data, as easy as possible for users within an organization. An effective CSG will work in the background, as if it isn’t even there.
As more and more organizations make the migration to the cloud, CSGs and cloud storage solutions are fast growing areas. Beyond closing the gap between legacy storage solutions and cloud technologies, CSGs provide a number of additional benefits. These include streamlined file access for users, simplified storage management, and reduced costs. These solutions will also help as you transition to the cloud, as well as reducing on-prem file storage needs.
In this article we’ll consider some of the top cloud storage gateways on the market, as well as focusing on each product’s key features and differentiators.
How Does A Cloud Storage Gateway Work?
A CSG can be an on-premises piece of hardware or software and translates cloud storage APIs to block-based storage protocols. It acts as in interface or intermediatory that connects legacy storage with modern devices. They help to circumvent the need to change existing applications by using a common interface that can be applied network wide. CSGs provide data deduplication and compression features to transport and save data while ensuring low levels of latency. Other features might include encryption to protect data in transit and at rest, local storage caches, tiered storage, automated saving, and snapshots.
Do I Need One For My Business?
Many cloud storage providers tend to include CSGs within their product, though not all do and some need to be configured separately. CSGs are generally a necessity for organizations that are dealing with an incompatibility between their legacy storage systems and public clouds they’ve chose to migrate their data to. Organizations experiencing this problem can stand to benefit from implementing a CSG, especially large organizations that span multiple locations, networks, and devices and have a lot of legacy data in legacy storage silos needed to be transported. If you are currently, or considering, transitioning to the cloud, it is worth considering your CSG needs.