Lab Data Management: Cloud vs. On-premises Data Storage
Ensuring data integrity in the collection, alarming and archiving of data is the core function of a lab monitoring system. Depending on the preferences, two different options are available on how and where to collect and manage the data.
Regardless of whether cloud storage or on-premises storage of data is chosen, care needs to be taken to ensure completeness and non-manipulability of the data for future reference. The storage solution must also not be susceptible to malware that could breach and damage valuable and irreplaceable research. In addition to malware, the data needs to be secure from accidental data changes and purposeful data manipulation.
On-premises storage facilities tend to have one installation and use both in-house software and hardware. The hardware is typically owned by the firm.
Cloud storage is mainly set on remote servers. Major cloud computing companies also offer services for enterprises. Companies can choose to own or rent the monitoring hardware.
Both systems have their pros and cons, so one should weigh the options carefully and create robust data management processes for the procedures that need to be conducted. It is recommended that every serious lab invest in trusted storage capabilities that will deliver even the most complex data from any experimental procedure, research, or finding– with confidence.
Cloud storage solutions fall into two categories: private or public. Each has its pros and cons. One benefit of private cloud storage is the combination of on-premises control of security, infrastructure, and data using cloud technology. Your resources can be dynamic, enabling scaling on all levels when needed.
Performance degradation can be an issue for public cloud storage, but not the case for private cloud storage. This is mainly due to the private cloud storage set to operate within the laboratory's data center.