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Business Storage Server Options

A business rises and falls on its data storage. Ready access to business critical information is the backbone of a business in today’s information dependent world. Having the right storage server for your business is essential if you’re going to increase productivity, have reliable performance and do it all without breaking your IT budget.

The good news is that there are several options for business storage servers. From hosted services to locally attached storage, a business can pick and choose the types of solutions that best fit its business, its processes and its needs.

Hosted Storage Server Options
One of the most common models used by businesses today is a hosted storage server option. When you use this kind of solution, the service provider hosts the relevant hardware and software on their premises. They manage data backup, and they handle everything from operating system upgrades to redundancy to throughput.

The obvious advantage to a hosted solution is that you don’t have to put much up front in the way of capital expenditures. You don’t need to pay for storage servers or for network infrastructure. You don’t need to hire a storage manager or pay for training for one of your existing server admins or engineers. In addition, with Service Level Agreements (SLAs) you can often wind up with increased uptime and reliability over an in-house solution.

Network Attached Storage Server Options (NAS)

Another business storage server option is Network Attached Storage. With this model, your company purchases specific devices that plug into your network. These devices are, essentially, storage devices that can be accessed and utilized by many servers.

The advantage to a NAS model is that you can adjust your storage capacity and manage your storage resources much better than with traditional servers or hard drives. If your Exchange server runs out of space, you simply allocate more space on the NAS device, for example.

Storage Area Network Server Options (SAN)

A Storage Area Network is a network separate from your data network that’s devoted solely to storage. The SAN provides space to servers, and it also provides storage to users. A SAN is especially useful in that it has certain built-in redundancies that aren’t always present in some other types of business storage server options.

One downside to this model is that it requires a good bit of additional infrastructure to support. In addition to network equipment, you need a SAN administrator to monitor performance, make changes and adjustments and to optimize the overall use of the network resources.

Disk Attached Storage Server Options (DAS)

This is the oldest model of storage solutions. This model includes the use of dedicated storage servers, each of which has its own hard disks and is limited to its own hardware. This type of solution is not just out of vogue, it’s really obsolete for most businesses. The risks involved in such a configuration are significant, both in terms of performance and in terms of disaster recovery.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.