(Source:SearchStorage)The scramble to support ubiquitous work-from-home environments has hit every corner of IT, but the effects on infrastructure operations haven’t been uniform. Organizations operating primarily from internally managed, on-premises infrastructure that supported few remote workers were hit hard as they quickly found themselves with inadequate VPN capacity and system designs ill-matched to a distributed workforce. In contrast, those that had embraced cloud services largely avoided service disruptions and performance degradation.
The inherent advantages of cloud services — particularly the ability to rapidly scale capacity and geographically distribute data and workloads — are well suited for a distributed workforce. Cloud storage is a notable area of cloud strength. Here, we examine cloud storage best practices: the types of data and applications most appropriate for cloud storage, design considerations for remote workers and work-from-home (WFH) environments, and choosing between IaaS and SaaS offerings.