Data is becoming a more important part of companies as they become more dependent on digital tools and programs. In many instances the storage and exchange of data is crucial to the relationships companies have with their customers as well as clients and partners. If the data gets lost or compromised this can rob those parties of trust and could lead to business loss.

Enterprises require a reliable platform for communication and data storage to prevent losing important information. Platforms must be able to handle massive amounts of data in real-time and have the ability to store data indefinitely. They must also allow different systems to access data.

There are two kinds of data storage that are network-based and direct area. Direct-attached storage(also known as DAS, is stored on hardware connected to the computer. Examples include optical discs, diskettes like compact discs (CDs) and digital video discs (DVDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), USB flash drives or solid state drives (SSDs). DAS devices are typically more expensive than network-based data storage but they can provide faster access and more local backup capabilities.

Network-based storage of data is stored on servers that are connected to a network. This is usually within the data center. This kind of storage allows for more information sharing, and offers better redundancy and disaster protection than DAS. It can also be cheaper than DAS depending on the storage solution chosen. Common solutions include network-attached storage (NAS) as well as storage area networks (SAN) and object storage platforms.

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