As your business grows, it generates more and more data. More data means a constant demand for a bigger and better storage option – one with inherent safety and security to protect all that important info!
With the abundance of technological options out there, let’s narrow it down to brass tacks. When choosing a storage and organisational strategy, consider these options:
- Direct Attached Storage – Think USB type devices, requiring manual batch back-up’s, meaning files are not always current.
- Network Attached Storage – Similar, yet connecting directly to your network.
- Disaster Protected Storage – Either of the above, with protection from fires, floods and other such disasters.
- Online Storage – For example, Amazon offers a cloud storage system.
- Private Cloud Storage – Hosted by you and therefore removing the third-party.
Each option may have its advantages or disadvantages to each business, and it simply may come down to personal preference. For example, if you live in an earthquake, tornado or flood-prone area, disaster protection may be your top priority.
No matter your choice, general instruction is to have two versions of back up, and then a third, in a different format. Three total back up’s is standard if you want to feel secure.
“Moving to the cloud” is the trend these days, though the security threats that become apparent make many small business owners nervous. Understandably so – storing the lifeblood of your business into the virtual realm takes some trust. Time to call in the specialists…
Before taking the plunge, invest in consulting with a specialist to ensure you make the best decision for your circumstances in order to manage the storage, back up and security of your information. This is not an area in which to be stingy.
One of the best tips by an expert in the field is to always start this process by speaking with a human being – no matter the service you are considering. It is important you know and trust those who will be ultimately handling your critical data.
Behind every computer sits a person! Talk through your needs. It will ultimately make you feel more comfortable and trusting.