What are the Performance Challenges With Storage Services in the Cloud?

Cloud-based storage is accessible, scalable, manageable, and distributable for IT companies. Research shows that cloud storage is much better than the traditional storage infrastructure. 

When the data locality becomes irrelevant, you can integrate it from anywhere. Likewise, when the data location is no longer necessary, you can distribute or move data across any system to scale the performance. 

For example, Lustre FSX is a fully managed service integrated with Amazon S3. It provides cost-effective storage with scalability, high-performance, and data synchronization for compute workloads. 

You can use multiple deployment and storage options on Lustre FSX to streamline your workload requirements and performance. Despite the apparent advantages of cloud storage, there are various performance challenges with storage services. Let us talk about them. Read on! 

Security and Data Availability

Many companies show concern about their data security after the cloud service provider handles it. Because the cloud service has a multitenancy infrastructure shared by others, you may feel worried about your data security. 

For example, is your data secured? What if the cloud platform loses a disk drive? How do you ensure your data is not usable after you delete it? These are a few questions that arise in the mind of every company when using cloud storage platforms. If the cloud storage gets offline for a certain period, it will significantly affect your business operations. 

Performance and Bandwidth Limitations 

If your company application is running on the cloud, you may show concern about its optimal performance. For example, cloud storage may not satisfy higher workloads. Likewise, another performance challenge in cloud storage is bandwidth limitation. 

Bear in mind that bandwidth is a limit factor on a public cloud storage platform. Bandwidth consumption minimizes significantly due to primary storage duplication or compression. Performance and data transfer are significant problems in the cloud as the distance between the user and data increases. 

Interoperability Issues

Interoperability issues are common with cloud storage because it does not replace the storage network for data-intensive, low-response time, and high-performance applications in the data center. 

Even if you deploy a hybrid model, you will face interoperability problems and deal with various tools, management infrastructure, and APIs. Most on-premise applications use FC, iSCSI, and other block protocols, whereas cloud storage has CIFS and NFS file protocols. 

Public and Private cloud storage is accessed through SOAP APIs or REST HTTP. Because applications expect block access to storage, running your application on cloud storage can lead to interoperability issues. 

Latency Constraints and Manageability 

Experts at Clovertex believe that latency can significantly reduce your application performance. It can affect the throughput and response time. You can use Lustre FSX to take advantage of parallelization, TCP optimizations, and persistent connections to manage latency and increase performance. 

Some companies are concerned about the storage infrastructure and application services. The reason is that most cloud platforms don’t have industry standards or independent tools to measure or evaluate the effectiveness or applicability of cloud storage for their environment. 

Final Words 

Although there are many benefits of cloud storage platforms, they come with various performance challenges. However, you can overcome these challenges by hiring experienced and professional cloud management services.

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