Storage of organization documents is critical, and a proper choice of a storage
medium is a necessity. Managing data storage safety is the secret behind a business’s success.
In the traditional storage system, information was stored through the recording of a manual
file system. It served its purpose for small organizations since it is not reliable where vast
knowledge is needed. Companies and businesses are now adopting digital file storage due to
the amount of information being handled and keeping in mind the safety of the data.
Unsecured data can lead to loss of data and their future not guaranteed (Feng et al., 2010).
The digital file storage system has provided a way to store and retrieve information in an
efficient form. Technology has led to the increased use of computers in all level fields. The
database is information management that provides a range of services such as adequate
storage and data retrieval. This has allowed organizations to choose a method of data storage
that allows data sharing, assures security, and integrity of data efficiently. Digital file storage
is characterized by the capacity it holds, speed required to write, retrieve images, reliability,
and security of the data.
Commercial Software Products That Support Digital File Data Storage
Storing documents as digital files is the new technology method being adopted by
organizations. Commercial products used include flash memory drives. They are preferred
due to little power consumption and small-sized to fit with no moving parts. It allows backup
to protect files and can be retrieved anywhere (Austerlitz, 2014). An external hard disk drive
is used to enhance more storage and is always directly connected to a computer for file
transfers. Online storage provides backup and remote storage services over the internet. It
allows sharing large files with other business partners through providing login details. It a
great way to retrieve files when away from the business and it guarantees the protection of
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data stored. It offers an organized way to find, share, and control the information. Allowing
synching ensures the convenience and safety of files anytime (Feng et al., 2010). Network-
attached storage involves providing fast access to data through an IP networking
environment. It offers solutions to organizations that require massive economical storage that
multiple users can share over a network. Desktop storage offers a storage plan for small
businesses that need to store their digital files to their laptop or desktop. Personal hybrid
cloud storage provides data routing verification and user identity management without storing
the actual data files. This offers security, accessibility, and an attractive way to store your
digital files. Social Media Storage can also be used to store digital files such as photos and
videos through creating albums for easy access and sharing.
The differences between Digital Files Data Storage and Traditional Data Storage
Digital file data storage assures the integrity and security of data. Policies are
enforced to ensure compliance by allowing only authorized users to access the databases.
Traditional storage faces a problem with security. Digital storage enhances consistency and
reduction of redundancy while the traditional system, the inconsistency of data, is
experienced. This results when information is not updated to each file hence appearing in
more than one file. Consistency maintains optimum performance of operations. Digital file
storage allows data sharing for efficient collaboration between users while, as in traditional
approaches, data sharing is limited (Austerlitz, 2014). Due to the data integration and access
in digital files, data search and retrieval is easy un-compared to the traditional system where
it is time-consuming and not easy to retrieve data. Digital data storage guarantees data
independence in that an organization can upgrade, scale infrastructure without changing
database operations while traditional file system data is dependent (Wu, Terpenny &
Schaefer, 2017). Uniform management and administration in digital file storage makes the
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job easier to perform basic tasks different from the traditional system that requires a lot of
labor work and inefficient to maintain.
Unique Capabilities of Image-Based Storage and Retrieval
Image-based storage ensures information is collected as a single pass in the presence
of bare metal restore capability with a file-based backup. It is a backup that creates a copy of
the operating system and all data associated with it, such as configurations from applications.
It can perform dissimilar hardware restores, perform online backups, and recover servers
remotely across extensive and local area networks (Feng et al., 2010). It allows file-level
restores from image-based reserves and also will enable the saving of backup images to
different media varieties. Capabilities of an image retrieval system are that it allows
searching, browsing, and image retrieving from large databases of digital images.
Retrieval involves the use of keywords and captions towards the title of the picture.
This is performed over a digital annotation. Image-based storage ensures its backup is saved
as a single file. It is mostly influenced by the diversity of user-base and expected user traffic
for the system search; hence, it is critical to understand the nature of the image data. Image-
based storage offers less resource-intensive in providing backup solutions. The storage
backup process is effective and faster (Wu, Terpenny & Schaefer, 2017). Image-based
retrieval allows rapid deployment and gives the business capability to virtualize in case the
backup is down. It is not time-consuming since the reserve only affects the changed files or
recently added. It is mostly preferred for backup since it is more versatile and less labor-
Additional Costs and Hardware Required in Image-Based Storage and Retrieval
Image-Based storage for a big organization involves the input of sophisticated
equipment’s thus extra costs. It calls for a technology-oriented staff hence recruiting qualified
personnel who are updated (Kune et al., 2016). Bringing on board highly specialized
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equipment requires the orientation of the members, especially those who will actively be
operating. A plan to change the quality of the image and recording methods entails a
commitment to install hardware equipment with conversion facilities. While carrying out this
plan, proper planning and budgeting are requisite if considerable high-level image item
indexing is to be achieved (Chilukuri et al., 2017). Other additional costs include
maintenance requirements and software application configurations.
Database organization is critical since it assists in reducing the consumption of
resources such as hard disk space and data retrieval time. This is due to the use of computers,
which has allowed the processing of large volumes of data (Austerlitz, 2014). A technique in
the transmission provides ease of work delivery since data is shared efficiently without delay.
Security and integrity of information are paramount and should be a critical concern in
choosing digital storage (Chilukuri et al., 2017). Keeping in mind how dynamic the world is,
the management system should have ease of development where technological advancements
are required. Concurrency control in a storage system increases efficiency and high
productivity since it allows multiple users to transmit data at the same time.
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