3 Methods of Data Storage

3 Methods of Data Storage

Data storage is a critical component for every business, especially when it comes to avoiding downtime related to a potential disaster. The biggest fear for any business is losing everything; emails, documents, client contracts, photos, etc. When the blue screen of death pops up onto your computer screen, game over!

So how and where do you store the millions of bytes that float around within your hard drive? Where do you find those files when you need them?

There are various ways of storing data, however finding the right storage for your business is important. Every business needs a backup plan. Each type of data storage has pros and cons depending on your business needs. Private, public, and hybrid storing are the most common and effective ways to store data. Below is a simple break down of each storage method.

Private Data Storage

Private data storage refers to on premise storage. It is a convenient way to keep data in house. Due to the in house aspect, the responsibilities, such as server maintenance and management becomes a larger focus. It is usually customary to partner with an IT consultant or MSP for proper technical expertise and support.

Public Data Storage

 You may have heard of, migrating to the cloud’. For public data storage, all data moves to a remote data center or collocation, providing access to your data where internet is available. The downside to the cloud is interference and latency caused by other traffic going in and out of your shared server, but overall there is significant value added to most businesses after migrating to the cloud.

Hybrid Data Storage

Hybrid data storage is a combination of both private and public storage, highlighting the benefits of both. A hybrid storage solution combines both services into a single dynamic package. Your company data is safe while minimizing the amount of maintenance required from your business. Hybrids are overseen by either an outsourced IT provider or managed by your on-site IT department. Being able to have a mix of the two services, means that data is replicated and available to you at any time. There is no need to worry during a disaster, such as a fire, hardware failure, viruses, or theft. Crucial information and files are backed up and can be restored immediately.

Regardless of what type of storage method best suits your business data needs, backing up files frequently is imperative. Storage helps protect your business from long term outages. Being able to set up automatic backups, eliminates the problem of losing data. Find out which method of data storage is best for your business, call a CPI consultant today.

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