Large enterprises need to be able to save and readily access a large volume of data, and as a result, these organizations tend to set the bar high for their storage systems. In addition to needing storage for primary, backup, and archived enterprise data, enterprises need to make sure they are in compliance with regulations, able to access data in a timely manner, able to prevent data loss and significant downtime, and able to scale their storage solution as their business grows.
Control and Security
Many enterprises are subject to state and federal regulations that dictate how they must store their records and how long they must keep archived data. While some large organizations use cloud-based storage, enterprises that are governed by strict regulations often choose on-site storage in order to maintain control and protect their data from security threats. An enterprise storage system using storage area networks (SANs) or network-attached storage (NAS) allows enterprises to set up centralized storage repositories to fit their available space and volume of data.
Enterprise Storage Efficiency
Inefficient enterprise storage systems waste available resources, energy and money. Enterprises need to avoid common causes of storage inefficiency, such as wasted disk space, slow backup times, and unnecessary energy consumption. One tool that many enterprises now employ to improve their enterprise storage system performance is the solid-state drive (SSD), which stores commonly accessed data for faster transferring, retrieval, and backup. Some enterprises also use SSDs for caching and Serial ATA (SATA) for storage, giving their system near-SSD level performance at a lower price.
Data Protection for Worst-Case Scenarios
When losing data can mean hurting your bottom line or jeopardizing your entire enterprise, it’s essential to prevent that from happening. Enterprise storage hardware needs to be built to withstand fire and water damage and needs to be housed in a space that minimizes the risk of natural disasters.
Storage also needs to be redundant so that if enterprise data from one physical site is lost or damaged, it can be quickly recovered. Additionally, systems should be designed so that any major changes, such as hardware reconfiguration or software updates, can be implemented in a non-disruptive manner.
The Ability to Scale
In a fast-paced and digitally connected business world, enterprises cannot afford to outgrow their storage solutions. Rather, they must be able to scale efficiently and cost-effectively. Nfina’s enterprise storage solutions are designed with compatibility and expansion in mind; our NAS products provide shared file level access to storage resources and are a perfect solution for high-performance backup or disaster recovery solutions while our SANs provide block level access to storage resources allowing complete redundancy for mission critical primary storage. Hardware that can be easily upgraded or connected to other components, regardless of the vendor, saves enterprises from having to rip out and replace outdated systems, cutting down on IT expenses in the long run.