Dozens of providers allow you to store files in the cloud. Services such as Azure (Microsoft), AWS (Amazon), and VPC (Google) are great options for those looking to hire cloud storage.
Setting up these services is relatively simple and does not require the use of any additional hosting platform.
But problems like high monthly costs, lack of control over the tool, or maintaining the privacy of important data lead many companies and users to look for solutions to create their own private data cloud.
Creating a cloud storage system for office files and other documents is not complicated; it allows complete control over where data is stored, how it is accessed, and tools to control the security level of the solution.
The creation of a private cloud is also a great alternative for large companies because most of the equipment that allows building this type of solution is also compatible with directory services such as LDAP and Active Directory.
What is cloud storage?
Cloud storage is a technology that allows you to store, maintain, access, and share files such as documents and images from a storage system (or server) over the internet.
Usually marketed as a service, cloud storage allocates disk space by public cloud providers to thousands of users.
In addition, equipment such as NAS storages also makes it possible to provide this service, with the advantage of not requiring monthly fees.
How to create a private cloud?
It is always possible to hire a storage area from major service providers and upload files.
Of course, this simplistic view does not resolve issues such as moving sophisticated virtualized environments to third-party data centers, following an IaaS line.
Anyway, before creating a cloud, any company or user always needs to understand what demand will be met by the cloud.
Small and medium-sized businesses generally only need storage space to keep their files and backup systems secure.
In these cases, NAS storage already does the job, dispensing unnecessary monthly fees, keeping the data under control, and allowing total system management.
One of the trends in the technology market is moving corporate applications to the cloud. Implementing this type of solution requires a more detailed study, costs more, and does not always deliver the expected results.
Moving legacy environments such as administrative software based on Windows and SQL is not always simple, requiring the hiring of professionals to adapt and adhere to systems to available services.
In addition, some companies still confuse the meaning of “remotely accessing applications via the internet” with having their applications running and available in the cloud.
In many cases, just installing a VPN server to provide access to company data (using a NAS) can save time and money.
Issues such as application suitability, lower performance of internet connections, and care for privacy always speak louder when it comes to cloud migration, especially in client-server installations in high-productivity environments.
One of the positives when using third-party services when creating a private cloud is the redundancy and availability provided by the providers.
Even so, the incorporation of technologies such as redundant components, software such as RTRR (Real-Time Remote Replication), and the reduction in the prices of servers and storage has reduced the interest in the public cloud.
As a rule, the higher the availability required, the higher the cost of the solution or the monthly fee charged. Corporate systems hosted in virtualized environments with large storage services do not receive the same attention as in-house applications.
The fallacy of assuming that professionals who care for thousands of websites will give the same attention as their internal IT staff can cause major accidents, especially when the problem is caused in higher instances.
How to build a private cloud for small businesses?
While most cloud storage plans only involve choosing how much storage you want, building a private cloud using a NAS offers total control over the environment, almost unlimited storage space, and a personalized level of security.
Like other cloud services, a Qnap NAS also provides a management center with a friendly control panel for its users to manage their files in the cloud. This gives the necessary control over the resources that can be used without intermediaries, contracts, or monthly fees.
Redundancy, hot-swappable components, hot spare disks, and expandability are included for extra data protection. Software such as Netbak Replicator for Windows completes the package, providing automatic snapshots of the data.
The MyQnapCloud cloud application
Creating a private cloud through a Qnap NAS is using the MyQnapCloud software.
This application allows you to easily set up a private cloud storage system, allowing you to quickly access files with any web browser, computer, or mobile device.
With it, all data from your company’s private cloud will be available for access, as if they were local storage units on your server. Such tasks, like dragging and dropping files from your desktop to the cloud, can be performed instantly.