Data Storage

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Data Storage 2017-03-06T15:12:24+00:00

The Problem

Data storage has been a problem for many businesses for years. And, it will only get worse! Your business has been spending years collecting data. You have now lost the ability to know what is relevant and what is not.

Data storage, like many other areas of your organisation needs a strategy. It requires an understanding of how to make sure the technology can support your business requirements. As more workers are now demanding to work from home, how do you make this easy for them, and you? All remote workers, now have a mobile device of some sort and require data access. This means, your data storage strategy need to allow access to data from any location on any device. Securely.

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61% of organisations are using high-speed SSD’s for general database storage
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68% of organisations have data replication in production use
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31% of organisations say they keep enterprise / data warehouse data indefinitely
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13.5% is the proportion of IT budgets being spent on storage, which is increasing annually
Data Storage

Developing business strategy to manage your information is a key starting point when considering data storage. Before you look at any technology solutions.

What is shared data storage?

Shared data storage is where your business stores it data. Basically, it takes all your data from the hard drives in your PC’s and servers and puts it in one location. From here, you can then do a central backup and allow user access. If a file is changed, it is instantly accessible to everyone.

However, every day this data store becomes larger. This means, a strategy has to be in place to manage this data store.  After all there is no point in keeping old data on expensive storage. This should be archived off to cheaper storage, but still be accessible as required.

Why develop a data storage strategy?

A data storage strategy, allows you to look at your data stores more carefully. Looking at what the business requires is key. If required, ensuring operational data such as database and financial information is placed on high speed storage. Whilst old documents and the like, are placed on cheaper and slower storage is part of the planning process.

Whilst your business must be mindful to its strategy, it must also consider matters of records retention and future obsolescence. There are undoubtedly many businesses storing data from old applications that no longer exist. Gaining access to that data may prove difficult in the future.

What can be done?

Technology does offer a solution. Cloud storage is becoming cheaper and more available. However, as previously mentioned, your data is your intellectual property. Do you really want to store that on a shared cloud server? A lot of the time you have no control over these servers, you don’t know how secure they are or who has access.

A good option is to create a hybrid solution. you still store your data on-site but send all backups to the cloud. This then starts to form part of your disaster recovery and business continuity solution.

Which ever solution you decide upon, and no one solution fits all business. Unleashed can help. We can tailor a solution to your needs, requirements and budget.

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