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Data Storage Efficiency: The How and Why

There’s a lesson that many modern companies are learning the hard way, and it’s this: if you’re not on top of your game when it comes to your data center, you’re going to have a hard time managing growth. In-house data centers, for example, provide little flexibility and are extremely inefficient in terms of space.

It’s important to be ever-modernizing when it comes to how your company stores its data so that you can hire new personnel easily and take advantage of all the cloud computing solutions that are currently available. It might sound overwhelming, but if you know the key areas in which you need to improve, it’s easy to take it one step at a time.

Control Power Usage
Having control over how much power you’re using means you can better protect your storage infrastructure while matching your resources with your demand. DCIM, or data center infrastructure management, is one solution that integrates with management tools so that IT professionals can easily monitor storage networks and applications. Uninterruptable power supply, or UPS, is a different type of solution that sources power from different areas to ensure that continuous electrical power is delivered at the necessary voltage. These are two solutions worth looking into for your business.

Temperature Control
It’s important that your data center is kept at the proper temperature to avoid overheating and crashing. There are plenty of modern cooling units available that you can rely on. They intelligently compensate should one unit fail, vent heat away to maintain a stable temperature, and more.

Storage Virtualization
As you probably know, it’s in the best interest of most companies to store their data virtually – in the cloud. You can even leverage the possibility to merge the cloud with software-defined storage to keep your storage options dynamic. The cloud is great for backup and recovery, meaning it can prevent you from catastrophe, and it also helps save space. It might be useful, however, for IT teams to have their necessary media stored on SSDs, or solid-state drives.

More on Virtualization
It’s important to recognize the benefits that virtualization can offer any company. IT departments, thanks to virtualization and the cloud, are able to run more applications and store more data while taking up less space. This means that your internal processes are more efficient because they use less energy and have a smaller footprint. This also means that everything is integrated: storage, servers, and network are all kept on a single computing platform for easy access and control.

In any case, it’s extremely important to make sure that your data storage and organization is as modernized as possible in your business. Doing so will make you less prone to crashing and data loss, which is an extreme loss prevention measure. It’s also more efficient in terms of space and how quickly your employees can work.

About Emily Swartz

As the Social Community Manager at Broadview Networks, I enjoy sharing valuable content across all our social platforms. I particularly love writing for our blog because it gives me the opportunity to share tangible advice on how businesses can leverage technology to gain competitive advantages, control costs, provide superior service, and ultimately improve their bottom line. Find me on Google+

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