Storage optimization considerations for SMBs

By Rusty Rosenberger, scalable storage product management director, Imation Corp., Network World |  Storage

* Tiered storage. It can seem daunting to overhaul storage infrastructure while restricted by a tight budget. But implementing a tiered storage strategy is one of the best approaches for cost-effective optimization. A tiered storage infrastructure uses higher-cost disk storage for business-critical data, lower-cost disk storage for near-line access, and tape or cloud storage for low access. Incorporating technology in your infrastructure built with features for scalability, portability, cloud seeding, and security can present tangible business and cost advantages for SMBs. It's one of the reasons why Imation recommends removable hard disk drive media (commonly known as RDX) to SMBs.

RDX is the only media that provides SMBs more storage options to enhance existing infrastructure, data security, and business growth potential. As removable storage, RDX supports off-site storage for disaster recovery and offers a practical way to seed cloud storage. New secure versions of RDX media also feature encryption and cryptographic erase. Because RDX is both forward and backwards compatible, data protection appliances and other storage arrays that are built using RDX can easily scale with business needs.

The challenges of increased data flow and necessary management for data security and compliance will not be going away anytime soon. However, with the right-sized, flexible, and secure IT infrastructure in place, SMBs can spend most of their business hours dedicated to business growth rather than data growth.

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