Enterprise Data Management: Storage Applications

No matter what type of enterprise you’re involved with, it’s safe to say that as your organization grows, so will your data storage needs. Archival records and big data are crucial parts of organizational and marketing strategies for many businesses, and it’s of the utmost importance that companies have an enterprise data storage system that provides the space, speed and reliability that they need.

Speeding Up Performance

One of the biggest obstacles in enterprise data storage is slow processing. Time is often of the essence when it comes to accessing and analyzing enterprise data, and many businesses can’t afford to wait for a computer to slowly launch an application or open up a file at a glacial rate.

One solution is to add solid-state drives (SSDs) to the enterprise data storage system. Solid-state drives are faster than hard disk drives and speed up a system’s performance without requiring additional servers. Enterprises that are on a tighter budget can also implement a hybrid storage solution that uses SSD caching with inexpensive SATA hard drives for storage. This delivers a great improvement in performance at a much lower price than a total SSD array.

Enterprise Data Backup

Enterprises need to back up critical data so that if the original data is ever lost, there will be a copy available and the day-to-day workflow will not be significantly disrupted. The downside of enterprise data backup is that it can be time-consuming and can’t always be completed between the end of one workday and the start of the next one. Enterprises that have been experiencing this issue should consider offloading non-critical data from their storage area network (SAN) to a block storage appliance (NAS). 

Enterprise Data Archiving

Whether it’s financial information, emails, old marketing campaigns, client records or any other type of data, enterprises are often tasked with storing sensitive information for years, even if it isn’t being accessed on a regular basis. The easiest and most organized method of enterprise data management when it comes to this type of information is to create a secure archival database. Of course, this requires more storage space, and an enterprise may need to upgrade to more energy-efficient servers, such as the Nfina 300 server series, in order to conserve both physical space and power. Enterprises may also need to utilize a NAS with SSD caching, which stores commonly accessed data for faster transferring, retrieval, and backup.

If your enterprise is experiencing increasing storage needs but is working on a limited IT budget, look into Nfina’s affordable open system storage solutions here.

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