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Improve Business Performance with a Hybrid Storage Solution

A network-attached storage device that offers both onsite and online backup frees up resources and can help minimize risk.

When you think of storage, you may not associate it with improving your business’s performance. However, if you’re talking about network-attached storage (NAS), that’s exactly what the right solution can do. Protecting your data and providing employees with fast access to files can save your company both time and money. Even more important, if disaster strikes, a NAS solution that offers both onsite and online backup can help keep your company in business.

Most small businesses aren’t prepared for a disaster, according to Symantec’s 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey. That’s not surprising when you consider that 52 percent of small companies don’t think computer systems are critical to their business. However, not being prepared for disaster can have a significant financial impact. It can cost you $12,500 a day if your business suffers an outage, whether from a cyber attack, a power outage, or a natural disaster. Losing that kind of money can put you out of business.

A NAS solution can help improve your business performance by providing an efficient and manageable way to centralize, protect, and share information. A NAS device gives employees a dedicated place to store files that they can easily access, and it gives you a reliable way to ensure those files are regularly backed up.

On-site backup is only half of the equation, though. A NAS solution that also offers online backup provides additional assurance when it comes to disaster recovery and your company’s performance. For example, consolidating your data on a NAS device ensures that your important data remains safe in the event your network equipment is damaged or, worse, stolen.

Cisco NSS300 Series Smart Storage, for example, includes an optional integrated cloud backup service called Mozy. With a single, easy-to-use interface, you can choose which files to store locally on the NAS device and which to backup online.

Another benefit to centralizing online backup on a NAS device is that it acts as a staging area for online backup. This means your servers and employees’ PCs aren’t being tied up while performing the backup. In addition, using a single online backup agent on a NAS device saves you money, because you’re not paying to run multiple agents on individual PCs and servers.

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