If you run a business, no matter how large or small, storing your critical information should be considered a basic necessity. With so many storage options out there, how do you decide which is best for your company? Here is the inside scoop on three of the most popular data storage methods – Disk, Tape and Cloud.
Disk storage is typically the term used to refer to the saving of information within your computer. This method keeps the information only within your employees’ personal systems, which has quite a few limitations. Firstly, your company’s storage would only be as large as each individual computer within the office. Additionally, and most importantly, it’s not very secure. Data is vital to running your business, and if anything happens to the individual computers, your options to restore or recover are minimal. This could be detrimental, and is not something your corporation should rely on for data that is necessary to operate. While the computer hard drive is the most common example, other types of this storage would be on an external hard drive or USB drive.
Tape storage has continued to reign supreme when it comes to data storage. Tapes have major benefits when it comes to storage and security. Tapes are not hackable as the data is physically printed on them. This is actually one of, if not the, most cost-effective storage option. The numbers are staggering. Though this is not a new method, the industry continues to build upon it. For example, tape data storage performance has increased by more than 200 percent, while the tape capacity has increased by almost 1,500 percent. If you need to house a lot of pertinent data, this is a great solution for your business. In any type of business emergency, you can easily restore your information. Tape models are also virtually not hackable – a comforting concept in our cyber world. You will always have the advantage of a secure copy of your company’s information, no matter what circumstance you run into.
While tape storage and disk storage are physical backups, cloud storage is a virtual-based storage system. With the cloud, you use the internet to access your information rather than access a physical hard drive or storage unit. Cloud storage is also accessible on multiple devices simultaneously, making it a user-friendly option for your business. By using the cloud, you don’t need to invest in physical offsite hardware. You also save on maintenance costs as there is minimal backend work that needs to be done to keep it up-to-date. It is important to note with the cloud though, that in a situation that your network or internet goes down, you will not have access to your backup files or information. No matter the size of the business, setting up cloud storage is simple, with a lot of different cloud providers to choose from.
Though it is comforting to know there are lots of options for information management and storage, choosing the best one is the most important part. Data is everything to a business, especially in a world so dependent on technology. If you are trying to decide upon the best storage equipment for your business, you should certainly request a free data storage consultation. Let the experts review the various benefits and opportunities with using each disk storage, tape models and cloud hosting with you. Personalized solutions are key, so don’t expect that one size fits all business types. You may want to be extra thorough and use both a physical and virtual storage solution to cover all of your bases. That truly allows you to have the best of both worlds.
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