Why new, flexible data storage models could be right for your business

Choosing the right data storage for your business can be a minefield. Paul Timms, our Managing Director, provides an overview of the choices available and how the next generation of storage options could be the best solution for your organisation.

A common pitfall for organisations is that they misjudge the amount of data storage they will actually require – it is hard to plan what the business is going to need for the next four to seven years (a typical storage investment cycle). However, with the advent of cloud and a host of other new technologies has come a change in the way customers can approach their next generation of storage.

We have seen a large growth in uptake of our Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution where customers can move to offsite infrastructure and pay for only what they use. This gives both great flexibility and cost-efficiency.

Budgets are of course an important consideration when selecting their data storage. Flexible capacity storage options such as IaaS and Storage as a Service (SaaS) are enabling organisations to move away from capex investment to models whereby they pay for the storage consumed on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

As well as cloud-based solutions, businesses can also adopt pay per use data storage models using hardware located on their own site, with options to buy at the end of the arrangement. Similarly, opex leasing allowing customers to spread the cost of their storage over its life. These options are allowing businesses data sovereignty, while also offering a choice of hardware and management software.

Hybrid solutions are an increasingly popular option which combine the flexibility of private cloud storage for less sensitive data with the security of on-site storage for business-critical and/or sensitive data. GDPR has put data retention, access, confidentiality and security in the spotlight – building in security, resilience and disaster recovery is all part of planning a new data storage solution.

In addition to investing in new data storage infrastructure, Software Defined Storage (SDS) allows users to become more agile in how they take advantage of virtualisation without requiring the purchase of new hardware. It enables the use of multiple types of storage hardware to provide a simple to use platform which can easily be upgraded. This can be an ideal solution for organisations looking to integrate existing IT equipment with new storage capacity.

The advent and maturity of SDS and widespread use of hypervisors means it’s easier to mix storage/ servers and network vendors, giving buyers greater flexibility to suit their individual data storage needs than ever before and the ability to shop around.

The market for storage is more complex than ever, with ever-increasing options.  Talk to your trusted IT services provider to go through the options available and consider their advice. To find out how MCSA can assist you in choosing the right option for your business, please get in touch on 01628 810 977 or contact us here