Storing Server Data with Windows Server 2012 (Server 2012 R2)

As a rule, the ultimate purpose of a server of most types is to store and process bulky arrays of different data types. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 is not an exception. Where and how to store such big amount of information, to match typical server requirements such as speed and consistency?


Parameters of Server-type Data Storages

Speed

A server must provide as fast connection to its data as possible. Therefore, RAID-type storages of SSD and faster memory are typical for servers, featured with such things as “hot” replacement and integrated backups. Windows Server 2012 (R2) supports any types of these storages.


Availability

Another requirement for server-level data is an accessibility for any server-based client software. To ensure that, network-based storages (such as local and commercial clouds or FTP servers) often provide data connectivity throughout a network. Sadly, these storages are not as fast as local RAID storages.


Security

The third parameter of a data storage is its overall security. Data encryption and secured FTP servers are the most typical methods of data protection. Both Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 support these security methods, as well as many third-party software such as server backup programs.


Other Windows Server 2012 Data Storage Parameters

Besides the parameters of the “speed to availability to security” paradigm described above, a server administrator must consider some other details about a particular storage used for each task.

  • Price. This is not only a raw price of a storage, but also a price-to-capacity ratio, a maintenance cost and a fee or a commission (especially true for online and backup storages!).
  • Usability. Again, this parameter includes such considerations as storage and connection convenience, mobility (both physical and logical) and a skill required for maintenance personnel.
  • Compatibility. Despite the wholeness and versatility of Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2, you must provide a cross-platform capacity for almost every data storage you are using.

Selecting a Storage for Particular Server Data

Using the “speed to availability to security” paradigm, you can always select a most convenient storage for your Windows Server 2012 data. For example, databases will run at RAID arrays, websites will store the static content on FTPS or SFTP, Windows Server 2012 backup you will store at a trusted cloud, etc.


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