Decide whether you need any kind of additional or tailored service. Many storage solutions have additional services. They come in different types:
- Data management solutions add an extra service layer on top of your data. With this service you can add information/metadata about data which is close to the stored data. Additional information on who, when and how the data was created gives people who want to use the data more context.
- Cloud based storage offer ‘pay per storage’, offer services to share and manage your data and are independent of the device you are working on.
- Server based storage can offer a special storage device, used to manage the storage and retrieval of data on or from disk. Some have a built-in data restoring service.
- External disk devices can be attached to your experiment device or laptop. You can offload data when there is no network available. And you can offload the data fast, depending on the type of the connection (USB etc.).