IT Storage to suit your needs
“Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.”
Tim Berners-Lee - World Wide Web inventor
Data is only as useful when you have a good storage plan in place, because it is difficult to manage when data are scattered in different locations and susceptible to loss.
There are various options when choosing what type of storage to use, and it is essential to find the most suitable and cost-effective option for your business.
For example, you may not have a full-time IT person or a storage expert so your requirement is obviously easy to manage and easy to expand when more storage is required.
At Millgate, we provide a wide range of data storage solutions offering reliable data back up, protection and consolidation. As different companies will have different requirements, it is best to discuss the requirements with our IT experts.
Network attached storage. Unlike a general-purpose file server, a network attached storage device is an appliance that is built with hardware and software specialised for storage. For instance, it usually does not have a keyboard or screen, and configuration is done via a web browser. It’s the easiest option here for small companies to set up and manage.
A storage area network (SAN) solution connects an array of hard drives to a server and delivers data in small blocks instead of entire files, which makes it a good choice for companies with employees who are heavy email or database users. However, SAN solutions are more difficult to manage than NAS devices.
Virtual storage is good for growing companies that have multiple on-site servers, including NAS devices. Virtualised storage lets you combine multiple storage devices into a single, virtual storage resource. By assigning storage to users no matter where it’s located on the network, you can optimise server capacity and performance.
System crashes, viruses, natural disasters, and hardware theft - any of these could result in damaging data loss. Cloud backup, the practice of making copies over the Internet for safekeeping, is the latest hot option for data protection.
Cloud storage relieves you of the decision-making process and expense of buying hardware or choosing a physical off-site location. It’s a good solution for customer information, financial information, or any other business-critical data that requires absolute protection. You can also combine NAS and cloud backup for more comprehensive data protection.