Comparing Cloud Storage Options: Wasabi

Comparing Cloud Storage Options: Wasabi

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Sarojini Devi Nagappan
10 September 2020

Wasabi is a cloud storage expert providing cloud storage solutions for small business, enterprise, and public sector at an attractive price tag without compromising on its performance. Almost every device around us either stores, processes, or disseminates data in some form, and statistics show data volume is growing at a rapid and probably hit 175 zettabytes (10,000 TB) in 2025. Exponential growth in data can increase the IT infrastructure cost, especially in storage areas which is a growing concern for organizations working with large amounts like e-commerce, financial services, or data analytics business. Wasabi helps with different cloud storage strategies to help data-centric business operations to store and manage data at a fraction of the cost compared to the leading cloud providers. This blog will discuss theWasabi’s product, cloud storage strategies, its highlights as well as a short explanation on its ability to seamlessly integrate with S3 compatible tool like Backup Ninja at the end of this blog. 

Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage

Knowing the fact that data growth never stops, Wasabi uniquely positioned Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage, the concept of ‘one size fits all’ cloud storage at an affordable price at lightning speed for all tiers. Wasabi Hot Storage offers the same fast cloud object storage, regardless of the type of data. It can be active, archive, or inactive data, you will still get the same S3 compliant highly secured cloud storage at almost 80% cheaper than leading cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Also, you don’t have to go through different storage pricing tiers anymore, it is priced the same for all users. 

Following are the key highlights for Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage:

  • Easy and fast setup, and works well with compatible of storage applications, SDKs, plug-ins, backup, and file management solutions
  • Does not charge egress or API request fees
  • Easy integration with any S3 compliant tool 
  • Hot, cool, or cold data are all treated equally and accessible at any tier-based latency delay
  • Geographically distributed data centers for high availability 
  • Wasabi cloud storage follows industries best security models and methodology to protect in-transit and at-rest data against data loss
  • Wasabi uses tier 4 data center facilities with 24/7/365 onsite security to protect against unauthorised access
  • Comes with customer support
  • Pay for used storage and not for a fixed storage quantity

Wasabi Cloud Storage Strategy

As a cloud storage expert, Wasabi helps you to build a storage strategy to support your existing infrastructure and growing data needs. Wasabi strongly believes in the organisations keeping every single piece of data as it could be valuable at some point in time; hence aim to provide storage solutions to store all data without any compromise. Following are  the different storage strategies to either migrate your data to cloud storage or add cloud storage to complement your existing storage infrastructure:

Moving On-Prem to Cloud Storage

It is a way too costly to manage and scale on-prem storage, especially if your business is data-centric and data grows exponentially. There are many hidden costs such as workforce, electricity, hardware, and many others in managing on-premises storage infrastructure, and the price keeps increasing yearly. Also, with physical storage, it is often vulnerable to internal and external risks. If you don’t have to run your operations with on-premise storage, then a good option is to migrate your data to Wasabi cloud hot storage fully. Wasabi cloud storage allows you to have massive storage to store operational data, archives, or backups not only at an affordable cost but also maintenance and risk-free storage solution. You don’t have to worry about costly server upgrades or allocating to manpower to monitor the data centers. 

Hybrid Storage

If your business is not prepared to move totally to the cloud, then Wasabi cloud storage can be used as a complement to your existing storage solution. You can offload backup data or business-critical data to the cloud storage to improve your disaster recovery plan and minimise downtime. 

Tape to Cloud Storage

Tape storage has always been an economical method to store backups and archives, and is still widely used to store cold data as part of a disaster recovery strategy. For you to have an immediate recovery in case of failure, you would need the data to be immediately accessible, however, with tape storage, it is usually stored on a specific location which could potentially take time to access. Therefore it is best to migrate to cloud storage slowly. This strategy is not only an affordable one but also guarantees that your backups are stored on an updated platform.

Multi-Cloud Storage

Multi-Cloud Storage strategy is to have both public and private cloud storage types as the storage solution. Public clouds like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, or Wasabi are remotely hosted and managed, multi-tenant IT environments. A private cloud is dedicated to a single tenant and is usually used by businesses who want to implement and manage their own private clouds. Multi-Cloud storage strategy is good as you can isolate sensitive and critical data on a private cloud and have the rest on the public cloud.

Cloud-Based Data Lakes

Big Data analytics feeds on a large amount of data for data analytics. Trend analysis, consumer behaviour, predictive analytics all require large amounts of data for precise details. As data grows, the concept of data lakes was introduced and gained popularity because it can store large amounts of structured and unstructured data. The data lake approach allows common tools to access a single pool of data, instead of maintaining separate data sets for different tools which creates information silos in an organisation. 

Cloud-Based Data Lakes

 

Maintaining an on-prem data lake is costly as it requires high-end performance servers, especially if the data is required for data analytics. For lower CapEx and Opex, many adopters of on-prem data lakes have moved to cloud-based data lakes. Cloud-Based data lakes offer scalable object storage, and allow organisations to focus on data processing, analytics, and AI tools rather than worrying about data storage and its protection or the hardware and software to maintain it.

Backup Ninja on Wasabi

Wasabi integrates easily with S3 compliant applications and services like Backup Ninja. Backup Ninja is a service to backup open source databases, files, and directories in just a few steps.  You just need to install a Backup Ninja agent on your server, and it manages the fully-encrypted backups to local and cloud storage using a cloud provider of your choosing like Wasabi.

Setting up Wasabi on Backup Ninja

Step 1: Select Wasabi as a cloud provider.

Setting up Wasabi on Backup Ninja

Step 2: Select the backup region.

Setting up Wasabi on Backup Ninja

Step 3: Enter the Wasabi cloud credential settings. The bucket name can be any name of your preference.

Setting up Wasabi on Backup Ninja

Step 4:  Give a name for your cloud storage configuration. This will be used when you schedule a backup.

Setting up Wasabi on Backup Ninja

Step 5: Wasabi cloud is configured on Backup Ninja.

Setting up Wasabi on Backup Ninja

Schedule Backups on Wasabi Using Backup Ninja

Once you have successfully configured the cloud storage, you can now easily configure the backup schedule on Backup Ninja in just five steps.

Step 1:  Enter the details for the backup schedule.

Schedule Backups on Wasabi Using Backup Ninja

Step 2: Select the cloud credentials created earlier from the drop-down. The retention period has defaulted to 7 days; you may change it accordingly.

Schedule Backups on Wasabi Using Backup Ninja

Step 3: Enter the backup name in the given format.

Schedule Backups on Wasabi Using Backup Ninja

Step 4: Select the given option to state when the backup should be scheduled.

Schedule Backups on Wasabi Using Backup Ninja

Step 5: View the configured schedule on the dashboard.

Schedule Backups on Wasabi Using Backup Ninja

Conclusion

Wasabi hot cloud storage offers a ‘tierless’ storage solution for enterprise, small business, and public sectors with the guarantee of durability, speed, and security. It is a great storage solution for users who need massive storage, offering maximum performance at an affordable price with high data security. Also, users can leverage having multiple data centers distributed geographically for high data availability, which is great for data recovery if ever disaster strikes.  With all these features, Wasabi would be a perfect cloud storage solution for your growing data. Pairing Wasabi's hot cloud storage with other management applications or services like Backup Ninja for backup management, is  perfect storage management for your organisation.