In today's digital era where 60% of all global corporate data is stored in the cloud', discussing the relevance of a storage technology approaching thirty years of age may seem a little odd. However, since its introduction, this storage staple has evolved and continues to do so.
Long gone are the days where USB drives were simply a standard means of connecting files, drives, and applications. Today's solutions not only boast vastly improved transfer speed, but they also provide reliable and secure portable media that are mandatory in many situations. But how are USB drives still relevant? when cloud storage solutions can seemingly offer many of the same benefits?
In this eBook, we'll discuss where USB flash drives belong amid a cloud-dominated landscape. Supported by key insights from some of the industry's leading experts, we'll explore how today's organizations
are using USB drives and debate their place among software-based encryption, independent storage environments, and endpoint data security.
When the first Universal Serial Bus (USB) drive appeared on the market over twenty years ago, its collective compatibility was a game changer in the field of computer technology. With the ability to make multiple device operations widely accessible to the masses, the USB soon evolved, offering significantly faster data transfer, a USB 3.0 port, and even greater capabilities accompanying the release of the first USB flash drive in 2000.
Since then, technology has come a long way in terms of mobile data storage and security needs. The focus is on today's generation of USB drives that are designed with very specific use cases in mind. From an enterprise perspective, increased remote and hybrid work, the use of cloud services, and cybersecurity concerns are driving a need for more effective solutions. Alongside this, regulatory requirements demand that data is stored in a compliant manner. These pressures are often compounded by distributed and complex systems that may run "on-premise" and in the cloud.
Then there is the matter of rising volumes of structured and unstructured data, such as documents, emails, photos, videos, and metadata-all adding to the complexity of evolving enterprise storage needs.
But if cloud storage can answer many of these challenges, what relevance do USB drives have in today's business landscape?