For many small business owners, the issue of storing business data is a very critical issue because these days, businesses seems to generate more data which can often be attributed to the influx of modern IT technologies and systems in most business operations.
One good thing though, is that despite the huge demand for storage data devices, these devices and solutions have not been priced beyond the reach of the average small business owner thanks to the design and development of cloud storage solutions.
However, despite the affordability and vast improvements in data storage offered in the storage and backup sectors of the IT industry, many small business owners are still stuck with the ancient mediums of storing data which tend to affect their business when such mediums fails.
Here are five top devices and tools anyone can use to store data in this modern age.
#1: Direct Attached Storage (DAS) Devices
These are storage devices that can be directly plugged or connected to any server, workstation or computing system via a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 peripheral port without the inclusion of any storage network (for examples hub, router or switch) or even special support systems in between them.
The most common example of DAS systems is the inner hard drive of a desktop computer or Laptop which can be enclosed within an external enclosure or a host bus adapter but its major disadvantage is that you need other backups to copy data with this system as they can’t stand alone when you try to use it to share data or any unused resources with other server systems.
#2: Disaster Protected Storage (DPS)
These are DAS or NAS type of storage devices that have been designed to become hardened and will still protect your data even when they have been affected by events or incidents that will normally destroy them if they were not disaster protected.
Example of a DPS storage device manufacturer is IoSafe who promises clients buying their storage appliances that their DPS devices can be immersed in water for several days and withstands fire incidents for about 30 minutes and still retain its stored data.
#3. Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Just as the name suggests, these are file level digital storage devices that connect or works directly with a server or computer network and provides access to data for any group of clients.
Though, this device tends to operate as a file server, however, its specially built for these tasks as a result of its software, hardware or local configuration of those inbuilt elements.
NAS devices have a feature that enables them to accept multiple storage drives and also supports various file protocols when directly working with desktops and laptops as a result of its RAID capabilities.
#4: Online Storage Systems
Online storage systems are actually made up of two distinct types of offerings – the cloud storage systems and online backup services – even though people tend to lump them all in one category.
Thanks to major developments and improvements in internet technology, cloud storage technology and systems have come to stay. An example of the cloud version of storage is the service provided by Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) systems which is used for the Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute platform.
Cloud systems have the added advantage of being accessible on the go and from any location around the world as long as you can connect to the internet. Their major disadvantage however lies in the fact that they require much longer periods to recover data.
#5: Offline Media Storage Systems
Though, modern technological improvements and developments seems to have rendered this medium of storing information obsolete, optical media devices like DVDs, CDs and Blu-Ray discs can also be used as offline backups for your data.
Don’t dismiss these mediums as outdated yet because they can serve as a hedge for your other mediums of backup and have the advantage of being easier to maintain and manage. Online giants like Facebook are also experimenting with the use of Blu-Ray discs for data backup and Google even had to rely on offline data they stored in tapes to rectify issues people had with their Gmail accounts in 2011.
Thus, if you’re generating data on a daily basis in your business, these are some of the best storage mediums you can implement to back up your data. However, rather than stick to one medium, I often recommend that small business owners incorporate several mediums – at least use three of these mediums, especially the offline medium which can end up being a lifesaver for your business.
If you have any questions or comments regarding backup strategies, please contact NP Tech Support for a free consultation.