Author: David Woolf - Senior Technical Staff
University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab
When it comes to data storage and protection, small and medium businesses (SMBs) often find themselves not knowing where to turn for data storage solutions. They are torn between high-end product offerings intended for large enterprises, or trying to piece together a data storage solution from products intended for home users.
Like a large enterprise, a small or medium business has increasing data storage needs as the business grows. Data is a critical part of any business. Also like a large enterprise, a small business needs scalability, backup, and possibly some form of information life-cycle management (ILM).
In many cases the best solution for these needs is a storage area network (SAN), but SANs are expensive. Although the price for SAN equipment is decreasing, the high cost of the initial investment remains, making it prohibitive for a small business. An SMB does not always have the resources necessary to devote to an IT staff to support its storage needs. SMBs need a storage technology that allows flexibility, ease of use, and a lower total cost of ownership.