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Data storage technology: Know your FAQs and options

From protection to recovery, understanding your data storage technology needs and options is crucial. Learn more about data storage solutions in this compilation of midmarket FAQs.

Data storage technology has changed over the years to meet the ever-evolving needs of midmarket organizations. Increased "as a service" technologies utilizing the cloud have been beneficial for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across the board, letting them take advantage of flexible service, often at a lower price. Such is the case with data backup and Storage as a Service -- but does that mean leaving disk backup behind?

Here are some facts on SAN vs. NAS, virtualized storage, assessment strategies and more -- all geared to midmarket CIOs looking to explore options for data storage technology.

Backup and recovery

 Backup as a service FAQ
Trying to decide if online backup, or backup as a service, will be beneficial to your SMB? John Merryman, services director for recovery services at GlassHouse Technologies Inc., discusses the benefits and drawbacks of online backup.

 Disk-based backup and recovery for SMBs
Disk is increasingly being used as a backup storage target in SMBs. In this FAQ, W. Curtis Preston, the leading independent expert on the topic of backup and recovery technology, discusses the role of disk-based backup in the SMB space.

Data storage and planning

 Data storage capacity planning for SMBs
Assessing storage needs over time can be a daunting task, particularly for growing SMBs. In this FAQ, SMB storage consultant Tory Skyers discusses capacity planning management best practices for SMBs.

 Email archiving FAQ
Stephen Foskett, director of data practice at Contoural Inc., discusses the email archiving market, the pros and cons of email archiving services, common email archiving mistakes and more.

 File virtualization FAQ
Jeff Boles, a senior analyst at Taneja Group, discusses the benefits and drawbacks of file virtualization in the SMB space.

Network storage

ISCSI storage area networks (SANs) are frequently touted as a solution for SMBs moving to networked storage. But, why not just use Fibre Channel? Terri McClure, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group Inc., discusses the pros and cons of iSCSI SANs, the iSCSI SAN market and whether iSCSI SANs are really a good fit for SMBs.

 Using clustered network-attached storage (NAS) to manage unstructured data
Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting, discusses the pros and cons of clustered NAS and the various clustered NAS vendors. His answers are also available as an MP3.

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