Big Data Solutions for Small Businesses
Overcoming Manageability, Scalability and Slow Performance
Whether it’s operational data, financials, employee data or customer information, business utilizes and generates a large volume of data every day. All this data needs to be properly stored to make it easy to manage, and it has to be secure to protect it from internal and external threats.
Your storage solution also needs to be scalable to allow for the addition of more data, but at the same time, you need to prevent sprawl. Finally, the infrastructure needs to be well-designed to facilitate top performance — all while keeping costs manageable.
Challenges of Traditional, On-Site Data Centers
Traditional, on-site data centers come with some significant challenges. They’re physically constrained, which impacts scalability. It also makes it challenging to maintain a streamlined infrastructure when adding more servers — and an inefficient infrastructure compromises performance.
They’re also expensive to set up and maintain due to the high investment in hard- and software — they have a high energy expenditure, too. In addition, they can be difficult to keep secure. Unauthorized personnel can gain access to sensitive data, and events like fires and floods can destroy data.
Big Data Storage Solutions for Small Businesses
Fortunately, there are several cutting-edge data storage and backup solutions that offer all you need for comprehensive small business data storage — here are four of them.
- Cloud Storage- Many businesses use cloud storage to maintain backup storage of their most crucial data. Between third-party cloud services and the private cloud, storing your data online is easier than ever. Storing online means you can block data loss from local disasters or problems onsite, and you’ll even save on maintenance and electricity. Private cloud gives you extra configuration choices and security against data leaks.
- Network Attached Storage (NAS)- NAS devices offer several advantages to users. They’re hard drives connected to a network, and a user can easily add hard drives if they need extra storage capacity. NAS devices can complete automatic data backups, provide data redundancy and even sync data to remote NAS systems. You’ll be able to share any data you want through the network at any time, making this one of the most convenient options available for your business.
- Disaster-Protection Storage- You never know when disaster might strike, but you can always make sure your business is prepared and your data is protected. Disaster protected storage systems can withstand any disasters. They have physical features that allow them to resist damage from fire, water and more. Typically, these systems exist in the form of DAS or NAS.
- Offline Media- Even though many people consider external offline media like tapes, optical disks, hard disk drives and others obsolete, the reality is that they still offer reliable, accessible data backup to countless small businesses. While they’re not as advanced as other options — DVDs, Blu-Rays, USB flash drives and others have been around for much longer than some newer data-backup devices — they’re still effective to keep your backups safe when you need a quick, simple and affordable solution.
Thanks to sophisticated security features and backup, your data can always stay protected. Advanced continuity measures ensure users can access data anytime and anywhere they need it. What’s more, you’ll be able to tailor your data storage solution to deliver the perfect performance, security and manageability for your unique business.
Learn More About Small Business Data Storage Solutions
Having a well-designed, secure data storage and backup solution is critical to your operations. Contact our team of storage specialists to find out how we can help your business today.