It’s a common issue facing many businesses. How do you store your data? Is it enough and what’s the capacity like for even more? Businesses have changed over the last 18 months due to the circumstances around the pandemic. So what’s your data management like?
Is there enough?
The great thing about technology these days is that storage is far more efficient than it used to be - thanks to data compression and smaller storage space requirements. That said, needs have increased considerably due to the sheer volume of data we produce daily. Back in the 90s, operating systems would often take up maybe 1 or 2GB of hard drive space, but now they take up upwards of 50GB and in some cases far more. That’s not even including the data stored physically on each machine and then if you consider customer data on transactional websites or application needs, it soon ramps up to huge levels. As a business it’s an ongoing consideration that needs to be met.
How do you store your data?
Obviously there are regulations around GDPR in Europe, mirrored under UK law, which mean that there are time limits against how long you can store and use data, but generally there’s also “good practice” which would free up data storage ability by removing unnecessary data or applications. That said, it can be difficult for businesses to know what data can actually be got rid of, and when, so it’s something that should be visited on a consistent basis. The options are basically, good data management, or increased storage capabilities. Luckily, cloud hosting gives you the ability to increase storage “on the fly”. This option in a physical sense, isn’t always the best way.
Is it secure?
Data security is one of the biggest challenges a business can face. Users are often the weakest element of any infrastructure, so ensuring that the data you store is secure and immune to external threats is paramount. Whether it’s storing transactional data regarding purchases or essential business continuity information, the data should be stored in a fashion that makes it impossible to obtain without authorised access. This again, is a positive to cloud hosting, mainly because the data is encrypted on both sides, so even obtaining the physical element doesn’t mean that the virtual environment would be easy to access.
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