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9 terms to know about enterprise cloud storage

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9 terms to know about enterprise cloud storage

In our digital age, you often hear stats like "Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage is an enterprise cloud storage system that can store up to a petabyte of data," or "by 2035 we will have more than a yottabyte of data." But if you don’t know these terms, the stats are meaningless.

Below, we’ve defined some terms around enterprise cloud storage to help you understand what they mean—and how our sponsor Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage is great for businesses.

We live in a world of data; with computers, smartphones and other devices, the human race is generating tons of information constantly. To utilize this information, it has to be stored well, where it can be accessible, but you can’t identify good storage if you don’t know how it can (and should) work.

Cloud storage in particular is an excellent way to store data, as it allows us to access data quickly and effectively from almost any location, but talk around it is jargon-heavy. To clarify what makes cloud storage systems like Wasabi great, we’ve defined 9 commonly used terms about and around cloud storage to make the systems easier to understand, and therefore easier to appreciate.

Wasabi is next-generation cloud storage for enterprises. Learn more and try it for free at Wasabi.com

Egress fees

Egress fees are amounts that a cloud storage service charges when a person or business moves anything out of cloud storage. It’s often free to put data in the cloud—that’s ingress—but it costs money to keep data in there, and a bit more to remove data from the cloud entirely. The fees seem to exist to incentivize keeping data in the cloud, but if information needs to be moved out to make room for new things, that, ultimately, costs money.

Since these egress fees happen every time you move data out of the cloud, even if they’re only a few cents per terabyte, they add up over time. This add up makes cloud storage, ultimately, more expensive, so it’s important to know egress fees, particularly if you or your company hope to move documentation and data in and out of the cloud a lot. Without knowing them, you might not budget for the storage correctly.

Wasabi believes that cloud storage costs must be predictable, and ultimately be a flat rate. It’s too hard to budget for the storage otherwise, so it puts people off cloud usage all together. Wasabi, therefore, charges no egress fees, and keeps its costs dependent purely on how much storage is paid for. With this knowledge, now you know to avoid egress fees as much as you can to keep cloud costs down—and you can avoid them entirely with Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.


A terabyte (TB) is a unit of digital storage. It’s used when describing the size of files and data packages, and when describing how much storage is available on a computer, or in a cloud service. A terabyte is a unit that equates to 1 million million bytes, or 1,000 gigabytes (GB). To give you an idea of how much that is, the best quality Amazon movie downloads are about a gigabyte. An mp3 of a song might be 3 or 4 megabytes (MB). One terabyte could hold 1,000 Amazon movie downloads, or over 300,000 songs.

Most cloud services that service entire companies charge based on the number of terabytes they provide in storage space to companies and people. Wasabi keeps a flat rate, charging $4.99 per month per terabyte. AWS S3, the Amazon cloud service, charges $25.34 a month for one terabyte. You can get a lot more storage at Wasabi for the same price.


Zettabytes (ZB) are another unit for defining file size and storage. One zettabyte equals a billion terabytes — that’s a trillion Amazon movies, or 300 trillion mp3s, if you can even fathom that many of either. Since it’s such a large unit, you’ll generally see zettabytes describing how much data is consumed or generated by entire countries, or the planet as a whole. That helps contextualize statistics like “by 2035, vehicles will produce over 10 zettabytes of data annually,” a little, but it can still be a lot to think about. Its relevance to cloud storage is with zettabytes of data in our futures, we need to have efficient storage for it. Cloud storage currently makes the most sense so that the data also stays accessible.

If you’re curious from our earlier statistic about the world having a yottabyte of data by 2035, a yottabyte of data would be 1,000 zettabytes, or a trillion terabytes. That’s a lot of information to store, but Wasabi is determined to be a part of it.

Wasabi is next-generation cloud storage for enterprises. Learn more and try it for free at Wasabi.com

S3-Compliant interface

The S3 of S3-Compliant interface refers to Amazon Web Services (AWS), and their Simple Storage Service, or S3, cloud storage service. As one of the biggest cloud-computing providers in the world, Amazon has set the stage for how most of this tech works, and how computer systems work with and within it.

For companies that have used AWS S3, their IT departments have systems in place for interacting with the service, and employees trained on these systems. This means there’s a familiarity with how S3 functions, and its interface, aka the way the company interacts with the cloud. Switching to a new cloud service could require all new systems, and new training, unless the new cloud service has a S3-compliant interface, which will work with the S3 systems pretty seamlessly.

Wasabi is one cloud storage company that has S3-compliant interface. If you or your company are looking for a cheaper storage option, you could make the switch to Wasabi without too much difficulty, and without needing to learn a whole new method of utilizing the system. It’s a great way to incentivize people making the switch, as they overall save time, and therefore money, on the transfer.

S3-compatible storage applications

This definition could very much match the one above; once again, the S3 here refers to AWS S3, just instead of the cloud’s interface being compatible, we’re talking about applications developed for handling cloud storage, or within it. As with the interface, applications developed for and with S3 can be carried over into other cloud services that are S3-compatible. Wasabi has this compatibility with storage applications as much as with the interface, so it’s easy to transfer all around.

Enterprise cloud storage

Enterprise cloud storage is public cloud storage that is purchased for use in an organization. The cloud services that offer enterprise cloud storage are the ones that charge by the terabyte, and tend to serve companies, especially ones with a lot of data to process and keep track of.

Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage does a lot of enterprise cloud storage, and it’s one of the most affordable ones on the market today. It also provides storage to individuals and their personal computers though, should that be more relevant to you.

Wasabi is next-generation cloud storage for enterprises. Learn more and try it for free at Wasabi.com

Immutable storage

Immutable storage is storage that is unchanged over time—it’s not able to be changed. Hard disk storage systems degrade over time, compromising the data held within them. Not so with cloud storage—so long as a service is in operation, the data remains.

Cloud services aren’t perfect though. By existing in the digital space, hacking is an option, and so data that could be worth tens of thousands, if not millions of dollars can be lost or compromised in an instant. To address this, some cloud services offer immutable storage “buckets”—places within the cloud where data can be placed, and then be inaccessible to everyone except systems administrators. This keeps data protected even from employees or loved ones gone rogue.

Wasabi offers immutable storage buckets, and takes them a step beyond. Data stored in these buckets can’t be deleted or altered even by system admins, so they’re safe forever. Plus, Wasabi has systems reading every object in its cloud storage every 90 days to check for and correct random errors that happened accidentally, and does a lot to ensure their physical facilities remain safe and inaccessible to outsiders. For true immutable storage in the cloud, Wasabi is the way to go.


Encryption is the conversion of information or data into code. By doing this, the content of the information or data is unchanged, but it can’t be easily read by others. This keeps sensitive data protected, and many cloud storage services offer encryption as a means of securing the data they store.

Wasabi is one such cloud storage service. It encrypts data in its system before that data written to a disk drive, and there are two key options for future decoding. Encryption is a great security step for data that lives on the internet, so choose a system, like Wasabi, that provides it.

HIPAA and CJIS certified

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) certification, and Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) certification, come about when companies are verified to be secure enough for health-care and criminal justice data. In other words, companies that demonstrate a particular level of care and safety with data can be trusted to handle medical records, and prison records. HIPAA doesn’t give out a certificate, but it does vet companies before they can handle medical data. CJIS actually certifies companies.

Cloud storage service companies can get these certifications/verifications, and those that have them have a clear level of security that puts them above those that don’t. Wasabi has HIPAA compliance, and CJIS compliance, demonstrating its security levels and encryption abilities.

Wasabi is next-generation cloud storage for enterprises. Learn more and try it for free at Wasabi.com.

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