How to Approach Storage Optimization for Space- and Cost-Efficiency

IT services

As per IT support consultants, most companies if not all rely upon a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to data storage. If you are one of them, you would soon realize that this approach doesn’t work for long and is not at all cost-effective. Companies who have not reanalyzed their computer storage solution in a long time are more likely to face data storage inefficiency. These businesses mostly concern regarding network performance, security or cost.

But how can businesses tackle these concerns? Read here to know:

Right-Sizing Data Storage
According to a report, data storage costs continue to go up for companies as IT maintenance budget. Data warehousing, emails, and other online communications on regular basis lead to the creation and accumulation of huge data.

Not all data businesses receive is of equal importance and in particular of any significance to your company. At many companies, they store data but seldom use it. These might not need the same high-performance managed IT services as the current inventory database. Here, the failure to segregate high-priority and low-priority data leads to performance, security and cost issues further pushing your business towards unnecessary expenses.

This seldom used data and information is what most IT consultants call as Dark Data. Shoveling these data into the storage system that the company uses to store everything else can lead to:

Cost: It could be the case that you might be paying too much for a high-performance storage solution for information that doesn’t require regular access. If you have data that are years old and seldom used, move it to the cloud of tier 2 storage. Doing so will give you easy access to the data while freeing your storage for other uses.

Security: Network security breach and data theft is the biggest concern for any business. If you are not regularly using a data, it doesn’t mean that cyber criminals can’t breach it. Identify the data you have and form an appropriate plan to keep it secure.

Performance: By keeping information that is highly required for regular access can help your storage network to perform well. You can ensure high speed and performance by freeing up your storage by moving data less needed to cloud support or less expensive storage medium.

Three Ways to Cut Storage Costs
Once you have prioritized your data, it would be easier for you to consider solutions for your storage needs.

Reduce data redundancy: Not many years ago, the primary objective for designing databases was to reduce repetition of data. With the fall in the storage prices, this objective saw a shift. But it is about time that businesses make it a priority to work towards the elimination of duplicate data.

Consolidate some data storage: It might be initially costlier for businesses to buy or lease a new high-capacity server but we evaluate the cost of maintaining multiple low-performance servers, it is still cheaper.

Consider different types of storage: Every storage system has different storage capacity and performance. Don’t refrain from testing widely available storage solutions for your business data. With technology becoming advanced, you can even go for a cloud storage solution for 360-degree use.…

Network Design and Configuration

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Abel’s experienced Network Design and Configuration team can make your LAN or WAN more effective – thus allowing you to make best use of Internet technologies from Intranets, intrasite E-mail to voice technologies (VoIP).  Abel can network disparate office systems to create a more cost-effective, functional and seamless work environment. 

Through networking tasks and equipment, organisations can reduce costs and the time taken to perform tasks by sharing files and resources, such as printers, between workstations.  Central server based storage allows for easy backup of an organisation’s data and the reduced cost of a single backup system.  Use of E-mail within an organisation creates an internal messaging system which is also integrated with Abel Internet’s mail systems to provide external E-mail communications within the office. A single Internet connection can provide web access to all machines and a dial-in system can provide secure, remote access from home to company data. 

Firewall technology can also be implemented by Abel to ensure the utmost security for all levels of office networks.  Abel can implement network solutions across many operating systems.  We also specialise in multi-OS environments integrating file, printer, E-mail and web access across platforms.  For example:

  • MS Windows XP Server/Professional
  • MS Windows 2000 Server/Professional
  • MS Windows NT Server/Workstation
  • MS Windows 95/98/ME
  • Linux (SPARC, x86, Alpha. PowerPC, etc.)
  • Solaris
  • MacOS

Intranet technology can be used to disseminate information both within the organisation and between organisational units.  By publishing information on a private internal website an internal hypertext information base can be easily maintained.  The use of a standard web-browser on the network would be used in the same as with external Internet sites, ensuring cross-platform support and instant implementation on workstations. 

Leased Lines

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Leased lines fulfill the needs of organisations which require a broadband, permanent, “always on” fibre-optical circuit to connect their location directly to the Internet.  This would allow:

  • The highest inbound and outbound speeds available on the telecoms market
  • Access to the Internet from every machine on the organisation’s internal network
  • Hosting of the organisation’s web/mail servers, etc. on its own network. The primary benefits of hosting your own servers are twofold: the possibility of integrating a website with internal systems (for example stock availability/control databases on an E-Commerce site) and the possibility of managing your own equipment
    • If required these servers could be managed by Abel’s own system administration team
    • The option of hosting the organisation’s web/mail servers, etc. on Abel’s internal infrastructure is still available in this context – these servers would then be accessed over the leased line
    • Abel Internet’s web and mail servers could also be utilised in a leased line context as another alternative to using your own servers from any location

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