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Choosing the Right Storage Solution for your Small Business

NAS, virtualized, or cloud—it all depends on your needs

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said, “Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.” So true. But data is only as useful as your storage plan. Data that’s scattered all over your company on PCs, laptops, and smartphones or other personal devices can be hard to manage and susceptible to loss. If this sounds familiar, it might be time to revamp your storage strategy.

Small businesses have access to the same storage options as the biggest corporations, but that doesn’t mean those options are necessarily appropriate or cost-effective for you. For instance, you may not have the funds for or need to hire a full-time IT person, much less a dedicated storage expert. So the solution you choose should be easy to manage. It should also be easy to expand, because the third certainty in life after death and taxes is that you will need to buy more storage.

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3 Best Practices for Protecting Virtual Environments

Virtual servers and storage environments need regular backups to protect them from downtime, data loss.

Smaller companies are adopting virtualization technologies more than ever, according to AMI-Partner’s “2010 SMB Virtualization Market Analysis and Assessment”. Small businesses are applying virtualization to their servers and storage infrastructure, which can drastically change how and where employees store data and access applications, quickly making virtual environments as important to a company’s day-to-day operations as its physical equipment.

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