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As companies become more dependent on digital tools and programming the data that runs them becomes an increasingly important element. In many instances the storage and communication of data is essential to the relationships companies have with their customers, clients, and other partners. If that data is stolen or damaged it could deprive these parties of trust and could lead to business loss.

To ensure that valuable information is not lost, enterprises must have a reliable communication and data storage platform. The platforms should be able of ingesting massive amounts of real-time data and be able to store it indefinitely. They must also allow multiple systems to quickly access data.

There are two main types of storage for data Direct area and network-based. Direct area storage, also known as direct-attached storage (DAS), is stored on hardware that’s directly connected to the computer which accesses it. Examples include diskettes, optical discs like compact discs (CDs) and digital video discs (DVDs) as well as hard disk drives (HDDs), USB flash drives or solid state drives (SSDs). DAS devices are often more expensive than data storage using networks but they can provide better access and more local backup capabilities.

Network-based data storage is kept on servers connected to a network. This is usually in the data center. This type of storage allows for more information sharing and better redundancy and disaster protection than DAS. It can be less expensive dependent on the storage option. Common solutions include network-attached storage (NAS) storage area networks (SAN) and object storage platforms.