Data Storage

Written by Jessica Duquette
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Data storage has become an expensive but necessary investment for today's growing organization. A University of Berkeley study reported that it took mankind 300,000 years to accrue twelve exabytes of data, but that amount could be doubled in only two years with the rate of information growth. How has the industry responded?

Regardless of your core business practices, you rely on incoming data for growth purposes. When you pick up a gallon of milk at the grocery store you scan your discount card, when you purchase clothing at a retailer you provide them with your home phone or zip code. What is this information being used for?

How Is the Data Being Used?

This compilation of data is used for business expansion. Once you've scanned your grocery card, the information is sent to data storage. From there, the store may send you coupons to your house, analyze the contents on your grocery list for trending purposes or simply calculate your year-to-date spending at that particular store.

In this instance, the grocery store depends heavily on the details it acquires from their customers. Throughout the information age, businesses have learned to rely on this type of data to improve customer satisfaction, retention, and increase their bottom line through enhanced services. In turn, access to this critical information is essential for business growth.

Making Use of Stored Data

Regardless of how valuable your data is, the archived information is worthless if it cannot be accessed in an efficient manner. Information storage options are continually improving. Whether you're in the market for Direct Attached Storage (DAS) or Network Attached Storage (NAS), you have myriad of options to choose from.

A brief data storage consultation can help put a clear perspective on your impending IT projects. Identifying key elements such as the type and amount of storage currently being housed in your organization, the players that access this information on a regular basis and the time frame in which it is accessed will help you choose the right solution for your company. Additionally, you may have already invested a significant amount of money on data storage hardware.

Existing Data Storage Problems

Like most companies, the deluge of information over the last ten years has posed numerous data storage problems for your organization. You may have fallen into the same trap shared by thousands of other companies. More data required more storage hardware. Whether working with multiple servers, mainframes or tape libraries, your current technology can be used more effectively.

Simply purchasing more disk space to counter the influx of information generated will not solve the problem. Looking to Storage Service Providers (SSPs) for assistance can dramatically reduce your storage investment while maximizing your existing technology. Storing data electronically has evolved considerably in the last few years.

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