Network Data Storage

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Efficient network data storage enables companies to operate at the lowest possible costs, while still maintaining useful and reliable databases. Profit, of course, is the final goal of all businesses. Unfortunately, many companies lack the personnel and experience to build user-friendly data systems that require low-cost maintenance. High operating costs result in smaller profit margins.

During the 1970s, the United States government conducted a study and found that 80 percent of the money it spent on defense information technology was being used on maintenance. Programs were written poorly. There was no uniformity between departments. In many cases, only certain people could operate specific applications, because programs were not user-friendly and not many people could understand them.

While this example reflects an extreme, many businesses still have poorly constructed data infrastructures, which result in wasted money. Data replication and abundance of dead-weight information are common problems that businesses face. These issues result in loss of valuable disc space. Some businesses don't need extra hardware. They just need to eradicate their flaws for more organized network data storage.

Network Data Storage Projects

Regardless of the project, a company's ultimate goal is to spend less money on perfecting its network data storage systems than they will save in efficiencies in the future. Before embarking on projects, businesses should identify what output they need from their systems. After that, considerable time should be spent exploring the cost savings that different methods will yield.


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