As the need for data grows, so does the need for efficient storage systems and despite the growth in data, more than at any time in history, the science is less critical to business owners because of the way data storage is heading. It’s counterintuitive to believer that the more we use data, the less we need to worry about it, but in terms of data storage, that’s just what is happening in the industry. The reason for this change is that more and more businesses rely on third party storage solutions; many of which operate in the cloud.
It wasn’t so long ago that a business that used lots (or even a little) data would go to a supplier like Dell and ask for a solution that fitted their capital expenditure budget, their floor space limitations and one that made the most of the business’ network capabilities. The storage solution would also need to meet the anticipated growth in data, which in savvy businesses meant weeks of forecasting to ensure enough storage was purchased and that it would fit in with the three constraints already touched upon. Today, the same business would be more likely to as for dynamic data storage solutions from Dell because today, businesses outsource data storage much more often than it is kept in-house.
Scalability is critical for any business that does opt to store their own data on a local network, but scalability is not limited to gigabytes and terabytes. Data hungry applications require massive amounts of throughput and that makes connectivity a critical element of any in-house datacentre solution.
You may not consider a simple customer database with nothing more than a few SQL commands requesting and sending information to be a data hungry environment, but scale the number of users up and you soon have load problems with network switches working overtime to ensure there are enough connections to your database. This means there is still a need for information led data storage solutions, except that access time or read/write time plus connectivity are probably more critical to the smooth operation of a business’ systems than storage capacity, which is relatively cheap compared to the past.
Self-Reliant or Outsource?
It’s much more sustainable to outsource data storage to a dynamic provider where you can grow your business’ subscription plan and shrink it when you need to because the cost of setting up your own network and maintaining it doesn’t make good business sense. If the idea of trusting your most valuable asset to another business worries you then installing your own network storage is still an option, but aim for connectivity and scalability over price.
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