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Data storage management and virtualization is becoming increasingly important as the size and sheer quantity of data companies must manage, continues to increase.
Historically, most companies housed their data on self-managed servers and the data was maintained almost exclusively by the on-site IT department.
Recently however, it has become more cost-efficient for companies to store their data on off-site locations that manage, organize and optimize the stored data.
Small businesses should be taking advantage of data storage management and virtualization services because it is more cost-efficient for them to concentrate on what they do best and leave data management to specialized companies that can manage their data more efficiently by taking advantage of economies of scale.
When evaluating whether an outsourced data storage management and virtualization service is right for your small business, it is important to evaluate the organization’s current data storage costs in terms of hardware, software and human capital expenses.
Organizations can then evaluate the costs of implementing a third party data storage management and virtualization service and compare the figures to their current expenses.
CDW is a leading provider of data storage management and virtualization services that employs over 6,900 coworkers and provides services to over 250,000 small, medium and large organizations in the business, government, healthcare and education industries.
CDW’s data storage management and virtualization services feature cutting edge technologies and processes including the following elements:
1. Storage Area Networks
Storage Area Networks (SANs) provide access and redundancy to data storage devices, maximize the performance of the data storage devices and allow organizations to access data in way that, from the organizations perspective, makes it appear that the data is stored on the local network
2. Blade Servers
Blade servers are the physical hardware that data is stored on. They are configured in a way that allows the servers to pool resources and provide the maxium level of quality to the end user.
3. Storage Management Software
Storage management software reduces the complexity of stored data, provides the organization with a single system to manage stored data and automates many of the data storing processes
4. Archiving Software
Archiving software helps to reduce data redundancy and automatically move the data through the different lifecycle stages and automatically delete data when the time is appropriate to free up disk space and reduce data complexity.
5. E-Discovery Software
E-discovery software integrates seamlessly with data archiving software allowing users to easily search for and find files when necessary. It also allows users to mark legally significant files that should not automatically be deleted by the archiving software.
6. Data De-duplication
Data-deplucation ensures that data will not be redundantly stored, resulting in a reduced cost of storage and maintenance. It also increases end users’ ability to manage and discover files.
7. Data Storage Virtualization
Data storage virtualization makes the entire infrastructure function seamlessly. Even when data is stored on multiple servers, data storage virtualization presents data to the end-user in way that makes it appear as though the data is stored in a single location, enhancing usability.
CDW has published a free Red Report that provides organizations with information on how to more efficiently store and manage their data.
You can check out CDW’s report today and evaluate whether a data management and virtualization service is right for your organization: