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Online data storage systems: SMB tips on keeping up with the cloud

Online data storage is a hot topic, and the debate has only just begun at many SMBs. We've uncovered expert advice on adapting to a cloudy future.

Online data storage can offer organizations lower costs, easier accessibility, greater security and an overall better storage experience than traditional on-premises arrangements. And rather than resting on the laurels of current online data storage systems, the cloud storage industry is doing exactly what you would hope: continually expanding and improving its offerings. Software-based storage, cloud applications and the establishment of different storage services to different data types -- all are new considerations for SMBs as online data storage systems develop.

With great improvements also come great concerns: CIOs want security measures to increase as IT budgets do the opposite. We wanted to know -- what does it all mean for the future of online data storage?

Across our sister sites, we've uncovered some SMB approaches to cloud storage as well as new advances in technology and strategy. Take a look at expert advice, detailed articles and in-depth guides to understand how cloud storage is transforming, and how your SMB can afford to grow with it.

Does the future of storage rely on the storage hypervisor?

You may have heard the term storage hypervisor, but do you know what it means? If not, you're not at fault. The definition ranges from vendor to vendor, causing consumer confusion and hesitation about adopting what can be a very useful technology. This piece, part of an in-depth Essential Guide on software-defined storage, details the uses of a storage hypervisor and the reasons it offers CIOs better prices and speedier storage benefits.

Top five advantages of modernizing your data storage

Costly, time consuming and restricted are all adjectives that should not be used to describe an organization's storage system in an ideal world, and especially in a cloud-based world. Some businesses are still suffering old ways of retaining data rather than transitioning to cloud-based storage systems that could offer simple, elegant solutions to what plagues SMBs. This piece lists the top five advantages of transitioning to a modern storage system that are sure to have SMBs asking, "What took us so long?"

The cloud storage options  that best fit your organization's data

As the cloud storage hype of 2012 became the norm in 2013, IT departments are better able to assess their readiness, as well as the limitations that accompany newer online data storage offerings. This story details the various types of data that could exist inside your organization, as well as the cloud data storage services specifically designed to handle them. Take a look at the strongest and weakest areas of each of these services so you can be better informed when making your cloud storage decisions.

Disaster recovery options expand, making data protection the real deal

Beefed-up security measures are an added benefit of transitioning to many a modern online data storage system, but that doesn't mean immunity from data-related disaster. More organizations are becoming security minded, and using secondary data storage sites to protect vital information. In this disaster recovery podcast, DR industry expert Paul Kirvan explains what to expect when considering secondary DR insurances, and whether building your own site or using a third-party vendor is your smartest move.

Data storage in 2013: "How" is more important than "what"

The past year in IT storage budgets has been a tough one, and the mantra continues to be "do more with less." So what does the future hold? We're seeing a rise in how things are being implemented rather than what is being offered. We're also observing the rise of software-defined storage and a cloud-based generation of storage gurus. This piece spells out IT predictions about future trends in online data storage systems, while also taking into account the IT budgets that are the deciding factors of getting a yay or a nay.

Cloud storage expert discusses the expanding use of cloud

This interview with Howard Marks, founder and chief scientist at consultancy DeepStorage LLC, comes at a good time, as questions regarding range, use and the consequences of bad storage decisions are on the rise. IT administrators are considering expanding their online data storage systems to retain other types of data or applications, but have looming questions ranging from the value of service-level agreements to which applications are most suitable for cloud storage.

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