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If you own a small business or manage its IT department, you are aware of how important your data is and how expensive it can be to maintain it and make it accessible. Equipment is expensive, people and resources to manage your data warehouse are expensive, so the last thing you want is to find that you have wasted money on data storage that isn’t used optimally. CDW is a leading provider of technology products and services for business, government and education. They provide services that can help your small business get the best from your equipment and data. Read on to learn how they can help you reduce your data storage requirements.
As your business grows, so does your data, and your data storage needs. There are a lot of hardware and software solutions available today for data access, but how do you know what’s best for you? Do you need a dedicated storage area network, with its array of disks, tape librarys and optical readers? How about racks of stripped down blade servers that minimize the hardware, but still could use lots of physical space that you’ll need to pay for? How much storage do you need for your various processes, and how do you de-duplicate, or remove duplicate data from various systems, to reduce the storage requirements?
What type of storage management software do you need to give your processes fastest access to your data and allot your resources so that the process that most needs it gets more access? What about knowing when and how to archive data and retrieve it again when you need it? Should you ever need to defend yourself against litigation, you’ll need e-discovery software to find the documents and data you need. Managing your data becomes even more complex when you have data stored locally and/or in the Cloud.
Everything mentioned above can be tools in storage management virtualization – using technology to seamlessly maximize storage and accessibility while minimizing hardware requirements and costs. Available technologies include redundant disk arrays, logical units, storage pooling, data migration, de-duplicaton, and thin provisioning. Given this embarrassment of rich choices, how do you know what combination of options to select to build the strategy that’s right for your business?
CDW invites you to download their RED REPORT: Managing Both Your Data and Your Sanity document to learn how to Reduce Your IT Data Storage Requirements by 20-40%. It’s free for a limited time. After you’ve read the report, CDW invites you to contact them so their team can help you learn what your small business needs to eliminate system redundancies, protect your data and speed up access to it to maximize your workforce’s efficiency.