Data is the lifeblood of any business, so it’s important to consider how and where you will store it. Your individual business and specific data requirements will drive what choice you make. There are a number of considerations and questions you should ask yourself as a business before making any decisions on storage sol
- The current environment
Are the existing applications, operating systems and software packages currently working for the organisation? Consider the daily challenges the business is already managing and how these are impacting the business.
- Business goals
Whether a business is looking to improve performance, or keen to build resilience, it is important to establish what is essential from the new storage solution. Furthermore, who should manage the infrastructure. Is the business happy to manage this, or would a managed service provider be better suited?
- Technology requirements
Performance will be a key factor for any organisation and the level will depend on the individual. For one business backup storage will be a priority, while for another it will be essential to have encryption. Create a checklist that the business can build on and include functionality, features, servers and site solutions.
It can be difficult to estimate the complex data storage requirements for an organisation. Budgets are of course an important consideration for every business. Pre-paid payment allows an organisation to pay upfront, while flexible capacity storage options such as IaaS and SaaS are enabling businesses to pay for the storage consumed on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.
Firstly, consider the amount of data and how best to migrate this to the new system. It may be that not all the data needs to be migrated. At this point an organisation should also establish who will be responsible for this and the tools that will be used in the process
This is related to the length of support an organisation requires. This could be three years, five years, or more. It is worth considering how this might change over time in terms of growth. Objectives can change over time for a business and the data solution needs to be able to adapt to this
The next step for an organisation is choosing the right data storage solution. In our next blog Paul Timms will share the new technologies changing the way organisations approach data storage