Hybrid cloud – A different approach to storage backup.
The hybrid cloud approach involves third-party public cloud services. Using cloud services your information is backed up or replicated between a Buffalo TeraStation unit and an offsite public cloud solution provider. The latter could be Dropbox, Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3 or OneDrive. Our TeraStation™ WS5020 & WSH5610 Series, powered by Windows® Storage Server 2016 provide seamless integration with Windows® systems. This is another solution that helps users backup, secure, and conveniently access information. This device integrates with any Windows supported cloud service.
Many businesses are implementing hybrid cloud solutions that draw from the best of both worlds—public and private cloud. The hybrid cloud approach integrates third-party public cloud services with your existing NAS environment. Finding the right balance between the two can help you optimize costs, security, and control.
Buffalo considers the hybrid cloud a ‘best-of-both-worlds’ solution to address business efficiency: confidential data can be stored locally on the NAS without relying on third-party services, while ongoing project data can be shared with cloud services and thus viewed and edited externally by select employees. Firmware version 4.20 also enables full Office 365 compatibility, allowing employees to seamlessly edit shared files from within their Office environment.
You will be able to keep your local data more secure when it is moved from the public cloud to your on-premise storage. We recommend that you keep your most sensitive data local by storing it on your on-premise storage and only move your less sensitive data to the public cloud.
A hybrid cloud solution also is also ideal for companies with a strict corporate policy, which might not allow individual employees to access a cloud service from their computer or install additional apps for security reasons. Limiting cloud synchronisation to the NAS gives companies better control over shared data and allows Buffalo’s security features to protect sensitive data. Additionally, money can be saved when cloud storage licenses are exclusively distributed to employees who work remotely.
You determine what that right mix looks like, depending on business requirements. For example, with a hybrid cloud solution you could routinely back up your data all day on your NAS device at no cost, and then at the end of the day, make one large data update to your cloud account. Or, if you start running out of space on your cloud account and don’t want to purchase more, you can always prioritize what data stays on your NAS (sensitive data) versus what you put into the cloud (less sensitive data). This is flexibility that you currently don’t get with one or the other.
What is important is that you work with a provider who understands your business and can help you plan for and implement the right hybrid strategy. Our different TeraStation solutions are ideally positioned to help you take advantage of both public and private cloud benefits.
Microsoft OneDrive Sync functionality allows users with a TeraStation 5010 or 3010 Series NAS from Buffalo to store and access data externally rather than just locally. This includes OneDrive for Business included in Office™ 365 as well as regular accounts and the free 5GB OneDrive storage included in Windows 10. It’s also possible to synchronise multiple OneDrive accounts with the NAS. Buffalo now supports all major cloud services: the manufacturer previously added support for Amazon S3™, Microsoft Azure™, and Dropbox™.