Friday Feature: HPE 3PAR 8200

Friday Feature: HPE StoreServ 8200

Do you work with IT enterprise hardware, specifically HPE? Great! In today’s Friday Feature, we will be exploring the HPE StoreServe 8200. This device is a great option for smaller storage requirements whether it’s a smaller organization with simpler storage needs or a larger organization wanting to diversify their storage devices. Using multiple, smaller storage devices creates redundancies so that, in the event physical damage occurs to one device, another is still running, protecting the data. 

When to Purchase an HPE StoreServ 8200:

Often, IT managers opt for an HPE StoreServ 8400 instead of the 8200. The reason for this is that the 8400 can scale up easier. IT professionals can start with a two node device and later upgrade it to four nodes. The 8200 holds an advantage when price is an issue, there is no need to upscale in the future, or the amount of storage offered by 8400 is excessive and unneeded.

Redundancy Capabilities:

The 3PAR 8200 Array is a true symmetric system with active-active controller Nodes.  When a volume is created, the array automatically creates backing Logical Disks on each controller. These Logical Disks are bound together into a Virtual Volume. The Virtual Volume is exported to the hosts, meaning each Volume (LUN) is active across all controllers, all ports, and all disks of a given class. This array is capable of delivering over 100,000 iops and supports true redundancy.

Key Specifications of the 8200:

      • 2 controller nodes
      • Two 6-core 2.2GHz processors
      • 832GiB total cache
      • Up to 12 host ports
      • Up to 2048 initiators supported
      • 6-240 hard disk drives supported
      • 6-120 solid state drives supported
      • Raw capacity of up to 1000 TiB
      • Usable file capacity ranging from 2 through 256TiB
      • Raid 0, 1, 5, and 6 

Acquiring a 3PAR 8200 Array:

Imagine being able to find almost all parts, devices, or pieces of hardware at one location for your IT infrastructure. Not only does thomastech give you this ability, we also provide hardware from almost every major Enterprise IT OEM. Within thomastech’s enormous warehouse, we host a large selection of HPE 3PAR systems, including the 3PAR 8200 and 8400. Around the globe, many IT professionals are finding that our hardware pricing is helping them stretch their IT budgets. If you would like to simplify the sourcing process and save money for enterprise IT hardware, contact us and we will help you keep your data moving. Contact us by clicking here or calling (330) 225-3117.

Friday Feature: P9L83A

Servers, storage, and networks make up a major part of the IT infrastructure within an organization. Inside data systems, drive storage is at the heart of what makes everything work. As we all know, there are two types of drives: hard disk (HDD) and solid state (SSD). In this week’s hardware feature, we will be looking at the P9L83A solid state drive manufactured by HPE.

SSDs vs. HDDs

Why use SSDs versus a HDDs? A common drawback to SSDs is that HDDs are much cheaper at around 3 cents versus 20-30 cents per gigabyte. However, the advantages of SSDs can outweigh the added costs:

      • Faster boot up speeds
      • Up to 30% faster than HDDs
      • No moving parts, equaling quiet operation and longer life
      • Lower power consumption, which saves cash

P9L83A facts:

What makes HPE’s P9L83A SSDs unique among other SSDs? This drive was developed to be compatible with HPE 3PAR’s StoreServ 8000 Storage systems, providing a high capacity 7.68 TBs of storage using a SAS drive interface, all in a compact 2.5 inch form factor.

Do you need a P9L83A?

Looking for a good source of P9L83As at a great price? Let thomastech be your solution. We have a broad selection of drives in inventory, including the P9L83As; at the time of this post, there are new in the box units waiting in inventory. We have a limited quantity, so get what your system needs. 

Besides our inventory of new hardware, thomastech also has a wide selection of refurbished hardware and devices. The hardware is first processed at our Medina warehouse and lab where it is refurbished and inspected by IT engineers. It is then placed in thomastech’s large inventory of enterprise hardware. To find a part, call (330) 225-3117 or leave us a message by visiting our contact us page and leaving us a message. https://thomastechllc.com/contact-us/

Back to Basics: Cloud Storage

What is Cloud Storage:

Did you know cloud storage is not just cloud storage? It is a category title. Because cloud storage can include a few storage configurations, the most generic definition for cloud storage is a system, service, or storage device that is being hosted remotely to store data. Cloud storage in this sense would include public and private cloud storage. Public cloud storage is off-premise storage which is purchased from a cloud service provider (CSP) and the hardware is not owned by the organization using the public cloud. Private cloud storage, also classified as on-premises storage, is owned and managed by the organization using the data storage. Next, we will look into a few uses for cloud storage, including the obvious of storing data.

Uses for Cloud Storage:

In the modern IT environment, cloud storage has a lot of uses and applications. Cloud storage helps by:

      • Replacing your FTP for file transfer making files and folders available for anyone.
      • Making web-based collaboration possible, easy, and effective. It simplifies collaboration in general while saving time, cutting frustration, and reducing man-hours on a project.
      • Synchronizing workplace data including document files, system settings, old file versions, contact information, and software installation files between multiple locations and users.
      • Simplifying the backup process for systems and computers including personal computer data.
      • Freeing up space on individual computers where the work actually happens by storing large files like video and image files in dedicated storage. This keeps active use storage space (AUSS) on personal computer drives open for daily operations.
      • Providing a data restoration point in the event of system and/or device failure. For companies that rely on their data, having an offsite data backup and restoration plan is vital in the event of a natural disaster or any other unforeseen problem.

Variations of Cloud Storage:

As discussed earlier, there are two main types of cloud storage, public and private cloud storage. We will discuss the first variant, public storage. For review, public cloud storage is classified as off-premise due to a third-party CSP selling the space on their own data storage systems and servers. Public cloud storage is in essence data storage up for rent. As a result of renting space, the cost is often classified as an operational expense (OpEx). When renting the storage space, organizations are often given options to pay monthly or to prepay for a specific amount of storage. Additionally, the CSP is responsible for hardware and software updates and not the organization’s IT department.

A minor drawback to public cloud storage comes from its actual physical structure. The data is stored off-site relying on some other organization to protect and keep the data. Some organizations and IT managers might need to consider security issues and additional backup options in case the CSP mishandles the data, causing the data to become corrupted or lost.

Private Cloud storage, or On-premise storage, is cloud storage managed and maintained by the organization itself and not by a third-party. The storage hardware is purchased up front and installed, thus being classified as a capital expenditure. This process creates a large up front cost, but, depending on how it is managed, costs less over time for the amount of storage used. As an added benefit, the storage space is dedicated to the organization without having to share resources with others or having to worry about the CSP’s processes. As stated earlier, with a private cloud storage configuration, the organization’s IT department is responsible for all patches, software updates, and any other system maintenance.

Who Will Find Cloud Storage Helpful:

Organizations ranging in size will find both types of cloud storage helpful on different levels.

Public CloudPrivate Cloud
CostPro: Pay as you go
Con: Unmanaged resources can cause cost overruns
Pro: Better utilization of on-premise storage resources
Con: Major upfront investments
SecurityPro: Value-add services; investment levels no enterprise could afford
Con: It’s out of IT’s control
Pro: Complete enterprise control
Con: Limited by the enterprise’s own security expertise
DataPro: Easy to upload
Con: Not so easy to get out
Pro: Complete enterprise control
Con: Large costs for scalability
PrivacyPro: Value-added service
Con: Compliance
Pro: Compliance
Con: Insufficient internal controls
Data Center RedundancyPros: Fault tolerance, disaster recovery
Con: Data replication
Pros: Fully redundant
Con: May still require external backup

https://www.enterprisestorageforum.com

The cost of storage and who maintains the physical storage are the two biggest differentiators between both options. Public cloud storage is especially helpful for organizations that range from small start-ups and mid-size organizations. The up-front costs are lower than private cloud storage and work well for small quantities of data. As data storage requirements increase for an organization, the economic advantages drop off. When looking at the costs of using public cloud storage, it is helpful to think of a ratio between the required storage space in gigabytes or terabytes to dollars. As storage needs increase, so do the bills from the CSP.

Private cloud storage is a great option for mid-size to larger corporations who have larger data storage requirements. Often organizations who fit into this size bracket can afford the up front costs. By using private cloud storage, an organizations’ ratio of dollars to storage space decreases. An organization of this size has the ability to customize its storage based on need and can better secure data. Though these generalizations usually hold true, there are a few exceptions. Some smaller companies may want their own private cloud. After all, a private cloud provides a host of advantages, even some that are not listed in this post.

Conclusion:

Organizations need safe, secure, and reliable storage. We have looked broadly at cloud storage and its two main variations, public and private cloud storage. Each one has its own strengths and weaknesses, which is why a few organizations use a hybrid setup that utilizes both.

When planning and setting up your cloud storage system, you need to source parts and maintenance. After three years, OEM support becomes cost prohibitive and parts become harder to acquire. Purchasing hardware from the OEM can also be a barrier to organizations  creating their own private cloud. thomastech removes these barriers. The hardware offered by thomastech is both new and engineer-refurbished, cutting costs significantly. To further assist, thomastech also provides financing options to assist IT departments in maintaining their given budgets. For support and maintenance, thomastech saves departments up to 70% compared to what the OEM charges for similar support with, and offers it all with a personalized approach. To learn more about how thomastech can help you resolve your data storage needs, call (330) 225-3117 or visit: https://thomastechllc.com today!

Back to Basics: DAS

Overview

What is DAS? Well, you are working with it right now. DAS is an acronym for ‘Direct Attached Storage’ and was the first type of data storage solution. Unlike other forms of storage that connect over a network, DAS is directly connected to a server or PC by a cable. Not all devices in an IT infrastructure can directly interface with the storage device, but those that do must access it through the device directly connected to the storage system. This process of accessing the data is why we say DAS stores data in data islands.  

So how are you using a DAS device right now? One of the most prevalent DAS devices is the storage drive in your PC. If someone else wants to access your information, their device must interface with your device to use that data. If you are viewing this article on any device with internal storage, like a PC, you are using a DAS system right now.

For drives, DAS devices are either hard disks or solid-state. For Fibre Channel protocols, DAS mainly uses SATA, eSATA, SCSI, and Serial Attached SCSI.

Pros of DAS

There are multiple reasons why DAS might be a good solution for your IT storage problems. Here are just a few of the most common reasons why DAS is a viable option:

      • Scalability of storage capacity.
      • No Network setup is required and related complications are eliminated. 
      • Better Data Security and Fault tolerance compared to NAS & SAN
      • High Performance

Cons of DAS:

      • Lower availability of data compared to NAS & SAN.

Who is DAS best suited for

DAS is a great solution for smaller companies. Low maintenance and a simple design make DAS devices easy to control, while their “plug and play” ability allows for speedy setup and installation. For companies with a finite amount of data, DAS is a good option. DAS is best suited for companies who mainly need local data sharing and have limited IT support for complex system maintenance. 

Das is not the right option for companies with larger data requirements. Data requirements are not necessarily based on the size of the company, as in the number of employees or customers, but on the type of product sold. For example, photos and videos require more storage than text-based files, even if they are only from your marketing and media department. Usually, companies with large data storage requirements need multiple users to be able to access the data and collaborate. While you may still have a purpose for a DAS configuration, if you are with an organization with heavier data requirements like described above, consider a NAS or SAN device for your primary storage. 

Why Choose DAS?

A DAS device provides plenty of benefits and reasons to use it, but is it right for you? The answer depends on you and your organization’s storage needs and plans. Even if DAS is not ideal for your primary storage, it may still make a great secondary option.

At thomastech, we have solutions for all of your data storage needs, regardless of whether it is DAS, NAS, or SAN. We have a large quantity of SSDs and disk drives ready to upgrade, maintain, or replace your current drives and storage configurations. We offer 24/7/365 support to keep your data moving and storage safe (based on SLA and SLA customizations). To learn more about how thomastech can help you resolve your data storage needs, call (330) 225-3117 or visit: https://thomastechllc.com/third-party-tech-support/ today!

Friday Feature: HPE 3PAR 8440

We are happy to introduce the HPE 3PAR 8440. This device, offered by HPE, comes stacked with useful features and is versatile in any business structure. Many organizations today use this model of the HPE 8000 series storage as it offers unified storage of block & file protocols, application managed data protection, and simplified fabric zoning coupled with SAN diagnostics.

This storage system is classified as a flexible enterprise Tier 1 storage. Its flash-optimized structure offers performance advantages, stepping up HPE’s game. Durability, efficiency, and mobility of data when transferring are just a few characteristics IT professionals find attractive to them. The HPE 3PAR 8440 cuts operating costs up to 75% because of its HPE 3PAR Gen5 Thin Express ASIC.

KEY FEATURES

      • Accelerate Fiber Channel
      • Offers Assured Storage Efficiency for your Workload
      • Respond Effortlessly to Unpredictable and Changing Demands
      • Compatibility with numerous operating systems
      • Total Storage
      • Offers RAID 1,5 and 6 for extra data protection 

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEMS

Listed below are the operating systems supported by the HPE 3PAR 8440 as stated by HPE in their fact sheet. 

Citrix® XenServer® | HP-UX® | IBM® AIX® | Microsoft® Windows® Server, including Microsoft® Hyper-V™ | Apple Mac OS

OpenVMS* | Oracle® Linux® (UEK and RHEL compatible kernels) | Oracle® Solaris | Ubuntu | VMware vSphere™

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® | Red Hat® Enterprise Virtualization

SUSE® Linux Enterprise | SUSE® Linux Virtualization | IBM Virtualization | Oracle VM

YOUR MONEY

 The reduced operating costs of the HPE 3PAR 8440 are helping IT departments stretch their operating budgets. They are able to use the saved money to acquire additional hardware or purchase support and maintenance SLA’s from a provider like thomastech. These support and maintenance plans help simplify process and reduce stress associated with the daily operations of growing IT infrastructure. Support and maintenance from thomastech bolster the system’s reliability with a supply of hardware and technicians ready to help at a moment’s notice. 

While on the subject of reducing costs, departments save even further by purchasing hardware from thomatech’s vast inventory of engineer refurbished hardware, thus helping departments go farther and keep data moving. All refurbished hardware is engineer-inspected and covered by a 90-day warranty. Here at thomastech we focus on empowering IT professionals like yourselves to keep data moving. Do more with your IT dollars! Visit www.thomastechllc.com to learn more or call (330) 225-3117 and find out how we can help.

Back to Basics: Network Attached Storage

What is Network Attached Storage?

Network-attached storage (NAS) is a file-level storage architecture that allows many users to interact with a storage pool. Having data-sharing capabilities is vital in today’s organizations as it allows networked users to collaborate. NAS devices reside within local area networks (LANs) as individual network nodes and are defined by their own unique Internet Protocol (IP) address. They are often connected to the network via a wireless router and allow dispersed work environments to access the stored data.

How is it Used?

On arrival, a NAS system is ready to use and pre-configured. NAS device set-up is as simple as connecting it to the network and interacting with it via a browser-based utility. This device configuration specializes in unstructured data such as audio, video, website, and text-based files. The focus on unstructured data is one of the differentiating qualities that separate NAS systems from storage area networks (SANs). 

Anyone with access to the network can access the NAS device and its data. This feature is especially helpful for remote employees as it provides access to the same data that would otherwise be available on-site.

Advantages:

  • Quick and easy set-up. 
  • Affordable backup and storage solution with no license purchase necessary.
  • Utilizes RAID technology for data redundancy in case of hard drive failure. 
  • Remote access to data anywhere and anytime. This advantage increases employee collaboration and productivity.  
  • Scalable capacity allows for additional disks to be installed without shutting down the entire network (except for when RAID is in use).

Who is NAS Best for?

Any organization can use NAS regardless of size. Usually, most organizations ranging from small to midsize find NAS especially effective at meeting their needs. The choice of whether or not NAS is right for your organization comes down to your specific IT infrastructure needs. If one or more of the advantages helps increase the efficiency of operations, then NAS may be the right choice for your IT environment and organization. 

Cost Cutting Option:

Despite the attractive price of NAS devices, IT managers are constantly searching for the best deal. Many managers find their hardware needs answered with thomastech’s in-house inventory of enterprise hardware, saving them money and stretching their budget. Contact thomastech today to find out how we can reduce your hardware and storage costs by calling (330) 225-3117.

In addition to saving departments on enterprise hardware, thomastech provides world-class enterprise support and maintenance. On average, thomastech cuts costs for organizations by up to 70% on their maintenance when compared to the OEM’s SLAs. thomastech partners with IT managers, perhaps even you, to empower them so they can keep data moving. To learn more about how thomastech can help with your data storage needs, visit www.thomastechllc.com or call (330) 225-3117 to get a free consultation with a thomastech partner specialist. 

Conclusion: 

NAS devices are a proven and effective means for storing large quantities of data.  They are affordable while also providing a few key advantages required by the modern IT industry. These devices connect employees and organizations across the global economy. These are just a few reasons why IT professionals care and why you should care about NAS.

What is SAN and How can it Benefit Your Company

What Is A SAN?

SAN (or Storage Area Network)  is a high-speed network with block-level access to data storage. It is the most common storage networking architecture and is used by enterprises for business-critical applications (click here for an overview of storage networking architectures). It provides high throughput and low latency. A SAN is composed of hosts, switches, storage elements, and storage devices that are connected by different technologies, topologies, and protocols. To a host, a SAN presents storage devices in a way that they appear to be locally attached by using various forms of virtualization. SANs are commonly based on Fibre Channel (FC) technology that utilizes the Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) for open systems and proprietary variants for mainframes. In addition, the use of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) makes it possible to move FC traffic onto a single cable across existing high-speed Ethernet infrastructures, converged storage, and IP protocols.

What Are SANs Used For?

There are several main functions a SAN is used for. Listed below are a few of them.

      • Boost application performance utilizing things like off-load storage functions and segregate networks.
      • Increase application availability
      • Improve storage utilization
      • Increase data protection and security
      • Consolidate storage resources
      • Assist in Business Continuity Management (BCM) activities.

Types Of SANs

Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) : One of the most common types of SANs, accounting for 70% to 80% of the total number. It is designed to carry serial SCSI-3 data over optical fiber networks. For this variant, the throughput ranges from 100MB/s to 1.6 GB/s with a distance stretching from 500 meters (1640.42 ft) to 10 kilometers (6.21 miles). The Internet Small Computer System Interface protocol (iSCSI) is utilized in approximately 10% to 15% of all SANs.  It transports block-level between the iSCSI initiator on a server and an iSCSI target on the storage device. iSCSI encapsulates SCSI commands inside an Ethernet frame and then uses an IP Ethernet network for transport.

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE):  FCoE is used in less than 5% of all SANs. It is similar to iSCSI since it encapsulates an FC frame inside an Ethernet datagram. Then, like iSCSI, it uses an IP Ethernet network for transport.

Non-Volatile Memory Express over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe):  NVMe is a host controller interface designed to increase the transfer of data. It is an interface protocol for accessing flash storage via a PCI Express (PCIe) bus. NVMe supports thousands of parallel queues. Each of these queues supports thousands of concurrent commands.

Benefits Of Choosing A SAN

Improved Disk Utilization

Perhaps the greatest advantage of a SAN is its improved disk utilization. Direct attached storage (DAS) utilizes around 30% of the disk while SAN improves on that with around 80%. Greater utilization decreases the number of disks and drives needed, reducing the entire cost associated with storage devices and systems.

Less Backup Time

SANs are the best solution whenever a company is faced with extensive backup time within an enterprise or data storage environment. SANs have a unique ability to duplicate data almost instantly, making them ideal for data backup.

Centralized Backup

Block level, incremental backups, and streamlined IT system administrator responsibilities are a few special features provided by SAN to improve the backup process.

Disaster Recovery

SAN provides the capability to connect distant locations to secondary storage arrays. This helps protect data if a localized disaster destroys local data storage devices. When data is duplicated with SAN, it enables faster recovery for an organization; the data is preserved offsite and just needs to be transferred back over to the main location.

Redundancy

Similar to the above-mentioned disaster recovery advantage, SAN also protects data through local redundancy. A redundant array of disks is used by SAN and is viewed as a local volume from the servers that are attached to it. This allows for high availability with fast disk input/output performance when compared to a Network Area Storage (NAS). SAN’s are among the common virtualization clusters giving out centralized access to databases that are heavily input/output intensive.

High-Speed Disk Technologies

SAN provides data retrieval at speeds surpassing 5 Gbps.

Conclusion:

SAN is an excellent choice for many IT departments spanning many industries. The benefits of SAN systems are only offset by the price of the enterprise hardware required to build them. thomastech provides that enterprise hardware to meet your IT environment’s needs at an attractive price, slashing your costs. Beyond providing IT systems and hardware, thomastech further empowers IT departments to keep data moving by offering support and maintenance services. To learn more about the advantages of partnering with thomastech, click the free consultation button at the top or call us at (330) 225-311. Around the globe, other IT departments are using thomastech’s services and are experiencing simpler contracts, faster resolutions, reduced costs, and more uptime. Start today.

Overview of Enterprise Storage Configurations

Enterprise Storage Overview

Data within the organization is compiled into an enterprise storage system, a centralized repository for information. Enterprise storage provides common data management, data protection, and data sharing capabilities within an organization. The enterprise storage systems should be scalable without needing extensive cabling or the creation of subsystems. When choosing their enterprise storage system configuration, IT departments are especially interested in systems which boast unlimited connectivity and support for multiple platforms. 

Within the category of enterprise storage, there are a few common configurations to choose ranging from storage area network to cloud storage.

Enterprise Storage Overview

Storage area network (SAN):

It is a high-performance dedicated network or subnetwork which is separate from the common user network. Within this network various pools of disk and solid-state storage are joined. Multiple servers access the data as if each server was directly connected to the storage. The advantages for a storage area network include high availability, disaster recovery, data sharing, powerful backup and restoration functions, plus remote support and centralized administration capabilities. One of the biggest drawbacks to the SAN configuration is the cost. One of the bigger differences between SAN and a NAS is that SAN can use both Ethernet and Fibre Channel while NAS is Ethernet based only. As a result, SAN is the better solution for many larger IT infrastructures. If an IT department needs a faster return on investment (ROI) than SAN may not be the best option.

Enterprise Storage Overview

Network-attached storage (NAS):

NAS is a good solution for mid to small companies and allows multiple users to access data from a central pool of disk storage. When accessing the shared storage of NAS, it will appear as a node with its own Internet Protocol (IP) address on the local area network (LAN). A few benefits of NAS include, physical security, simplified architecture, a wider availability of information, higher scalability and lower downtime than DAS, and perhaps one of the most appealing benefit is its affordable price.  Many IT personnel will want to consider their bandwidth before using a NAS configuration. NAS hardware is bandwidth intensive and depends on the amount of bandwidth available at the location. Due to the wider availability of information to system users, IT managers will have additional security concerns than with other network storage configurations.

Enterprise Storage Overview

Direct attached storage (DAS):

DAS is composed of hard disk or solid-state drives which are connected inside or outside the storage enclosure to one computer or server. A DAS cannot be accessed by any other computers or servers that are not directly connected to the storage array. One distinction of DAS versus SAN and NAS is that it is not networked with Ethernet or FC switches which allows DAS better performance for the one device connected. Data in a DAS is contained within the system and cannot be shared between servers which provides greater data security. The scalability of DAS is finite compared to SAN and NAS devices. Whenever additional storage units are added, the system must be shut down reducing uptime. In a business environment that requires strict uptime or escalating data storage, direct attached storage architecture is not the preferred choice.

Enterprise Storage Overview

Cloud Storage:

Cloud storage offers ease of scalability, low costs, disaster recovery backup options, and storage immortality. IT departments will want to consider a few things before using a cloud storage service. The first consideration is bandwidth because of bandwidth bottlenecks. The bandwidth caps can either severely hinder or stop operations. Bandwidth is costly which hinders many larger operations from finding cloud storage a viable option compared to on premise storage. Another consideration is security because storage is handled and controlled by a third-party. If you represent a small company, cloud storage might be a good temporary option.

Getting it right:

Your data is important, thus your decision for which data storage configurations to use is also important. As many industries, departments, and companies are fueled with data, data must be protected and effectively stored so that it can be retrieved later. Is the choice difficult? Yes, it is. Are you busy? Yes, at least we assume you are. Do you want help? We will need to let you answer that yourself, but what we can say is that we are here to help. At thomastech we empower IT professionals by providing them both the enterprise hardware and support needed to keep data moving within their organizations. You can schedule a free consultation with a thomastech partner today to start planning your storage solutions.

What are Your Data Storage Needs?

The problem:
Organizations are gathering and generating data at unprecedented levels, which creates unimaginable headaches for overworked and underfunded IT managers.

The reliance on emails, shared files, application data, digitized records, data-backups, and marketing collateral (like videos and images) are at an all-time high. Not only do these files need to be stored, but they also need to be accessed and deployed at an accelerated rate. A low estimate for data growth is somewhere between 25% and 40% annually, this outpaces IT budgets by 10-fold. Combine this with exponential data growth, it is not surprising that businesses are looking for alternative methods to reduce costs while keeping data secure and protected.

Good News:

Even with the industry’s increase in data storage requirements, technological advances are becoming more cost effective as time progresses. The overall per-gigabyte price is falling for hard disk and associated data storage, backup, and archiving solutions as technology matches demands. This reduction in cost is helping IT departments stretch their budgets further and to purchase more storage. Now, there are multiple options available to purchase used hardware from vendors around the globe. While there are many options for purchasing hardware, IT managers must consider the following: if the used hardware has been inspected by qualified engineers/technicians, properly handled, refurbished with optimized testing, and professionally packaged for shipping.

Between organizations, data needs and data storage requirements vary. Each organization is unique, and solutions that work for one organization may not work for another. As a result, the challenge is to identify the solution and then implement the best option for your IT environment.

Your Data Demands:
Understanding your data demands begins with understanding the value of your organization’s data. Data fuels many companies and industries. The value placed on the data determines how you handle it. In order to better assess the value of your data, here are a few fundamental questions many IT managers and staff consider.
  • How available does the data need to be? Is it accessed often?
  • How easy is the data to recover?
  • How quickly must the data be recovered if lost?
  • How long does the data need to be retained?
  • How secure must the data be?
  • What regulations affect the data, its storage, and its processing?

Once the value based questions are answered, data must be prioritized based on how critical it is to operations to effectively utilize data management resources. Based on how critical the data is, resources must be properly designated. While considering the priority of one’s different data requirements, many IT managers find it helpful to establish their data retention policies to conform to both internal and external forces.

Data within the organization is kept in enterprise storage, a centralized repository for information. Enterprise storage provides common data management, data protection, and data sharing capabilities. To accommodate the extensive mission-critical information within a company, enterprise storage systems should be scalable without needing extensive cabling or the creation of subsystems. Many IT departments also look for features that allow for unlimited connectivity and support for multiple platforms.

Simple Solution:

Protecting, maintaining, processing, and dispersing data are all major concerns of an IT manager. These IT functions can be overwhelming to the modern IT professional. Each of the enterprise storage systems must be maintained, parts sourced, and multiple support contracts managed. thomastech offers a simplified approach with 24/7 multi-vendor support focused on individual needs. Level three engineers are readily accessible at thomastech and enterprise hardware is available from the large in-house inventory. thomastech’s hardware inventory is engineer tested, refurbished, and verified to be in the optimal operating condition. The maintenance service and enterprise hardware from thomastech cuts costs, stretches budgets, and effectively empowers IT professionals so they can keep data moving.To learn more, visit the support or hardware page, call (330) 225-3117, or complete the contact form to request a free consultation.