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Disk-to-disk-to-cloud: the evolution of the data storage system

A lot has changed in the world of data processing and data storage in recent years. One of these notable changes is the evolution of data protection systems, particularly the introduction of the disk-to-disk-to-cloud approach. This article looks at what's behind this term, why it's important, and how it has revolutionized the way organizations back up and manage their data.

The evolutionary step in data protection: disk-to-disk-to-cloud.

From tapes to hard drives: The evolution of data protection

Tape storage used to be the tool of choice for data backup. These magnetic tapes were inexpensive and offered some durability. However, they were also slow and unwieldy. Companies often had to wait hours or even days to recover their data from tapes. With the advent of hard drives, this changed.

The "disk-to-disk" approach of copying data from one storage medium to another offered speed advantages over tapes. Hard disks were faster and offered faster recovery of data. This led to wider acceptance of hard drives as a medium for data backup.

The need for cloud storage

While hard drives sped up data backup, they still presented challenges. The most important of these was limited scalability. Companies needed physical hard drives that had to be stored in data centers. This was expensive and required careful planning to provide enough storage.

This is where cloud storage comes in. The cloud offers virtually unlimited storage space that can be scaled flexibly. Companies can move data to the cloud without worrying about physical storage infrastructure. This makes the cloud an attractive option for data protection.

Disk-to-disk-to-cloud: the best of both worlds

The disk-to-disk-to-cloud approach combines the best of both worlds. Here's how it works:

  1. First tier (disk-to-disk): Data is copied from primary storage to hard disks. This provides quick access to backed-up data and enables fast recoveries in the event of data loss.

  2. Second tier (disk-to-cloud): Data is replicated from the hard drives to the cloud. This serves as an additional layer of backup and ensures that the data is stored in an off-site, secure location. It also enables scalability, as organizations can add more cloud storage as needed.

The benefits of disk-to-disk-to-cloud include

  • Fast recovery: using disk-to-disk at the first level enables fast recovery of data.

  • Robust data security: the cloud provides additional protection against physical damage, theft or other disasters.

  • Scalability: Organizations can easily add additional cloud storage as their needs grow.

  • Cost-efficiency: the approach makes it possible to reduce the cost of expensive primary storage infrastructures.


The disk-to-disk-to-cloud approach has revolutionized the way businesses back up and manage their data. It offers speed, security, scalability and cost efficiency. Organizations not yet using this method should consider doing so to ensure their data is optimally protected and quickly recoverable. In a world where data is of critical importance, this is a crucial step towards an effective data protection strategy.

About the Author:
Chief Digital Transormation Officer

Natalia Bobro is Langmeier Software's Chief Digital Transformation Officer (CDTO) and in this role has responsibility for the company's overall business development and strategy. As CDTO, Natalia Bobro focuses on positioning Langmeier Software as a leading technology company in software and services.

Under Bobro's leadership, Langmeier Software focuses on a broad range of business areas, including artificial intelligence (AI) applications, cloud services and enterprise applications. It invests heavily in the development of new software products and solutions, and promotes the adoption of AI & cloud services such as Cloud Backup, aBusiness Genius and aBusiness Suite.

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