How to Master Data Growth With Network Attached Storage
In today's digitally connected world, it's no surprise that global data has been growing at an exponential rate year after year. Cisco predicts global IP data traffic will reach more than 278,000 petabytes per month by the year 2021, as shown in Figure 1. That's almost triple the amount of IP data traffic in 2016.
With all of this big data growth, how can businesses keep up with the pace of change while focusing on the bottom line?
Most processes that have traditionally been hosted offline have made their way into the digital world. Film photography, for example, is being replaced by digital cameras and photo-editing software. And consumers are moving away from cable television and onto streaming sites, such as Netflix and Hulu.
Although all of this may seem daunting, the extra traffic on the web actually offers some great business opportunities. But it’s important to find the right storage solutions that will grow along with your business.
Enter Network Attached Storage (NAS).
Unlike conventional storage, NAS connects to a local area network and allows users to easily store and retrieve data from a centralized location without the need for multiple devices. It simplifies data tracking, management, protection and storage.
This is especially useful for small businesses, where tracking and managing multiple storage devices takes up too much time that could be put toward more important functions. However, when these data management tasks are neglected, businesses flirt with the possibility of losing data.
Growth should be twofold.
Owning and operating a business almost never goes exactly as planned. Business growth can happen at any moment, whether or not your company is prepared for it. If you’re busy focusing on the bottom line, the last thing you want to do is lose momentum to make a routine update to your data center.
Traditional storage forces you to evaluate and plan your business storage costs months — or even years — in advance. This could lead to overspending on technology you don’t need or undercutting the technology you do need.
Dell EMC Isilion Scale-Out NAS is different. Like most NAS systems, it grows along with your business, allowing you to start small and simply add capacity however and whenever you choose.
Concentrate on what matters most.
When your business is thriving, your employees shouldn’t be bogged down by manual management processes. They should be embracing the success and thinking of ways to expand on it. Customers, employee retention and revenue — these are the things that should take precendence over data management. And NAS allows for exactly that.
NAS systems have a streamlined and automated administration console that eliminates the need for IT teams to spend time on labor-intensive tasks such as performance tuning and provisioning — and more time on finding ways to scale while also cutting costs. For small businesses that can’t afford a dedicated IT technician, NAS eradicates the need to have one.
Know what to look for when purchasing.
When it comes time to purchase an NAS system, be cautious. With the number of options to choose from, it’s hard to know which one will work best for your organization.
Here are five features to look for when on the hunt for an NAS system:
1. Simple administration and ease of use
2. Easy scalability that doesn’t disrupt users
3. Data protection that meets the needs of your business
4. Security that defends against data alteration or deletion
5. Maximum flexibility and a diverse IT infrastructure environment
Your business deserves to be both efficient and scalable. Ensuring the storage system you purchase has these five attributes is key to mastering data growth in today’s ever-changing digital world.