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Data is business at Computer Market Research (CMR). The company accumulates millions of transactions for each of its clients, and then summarizes the data in reports that support their reseller channels. CMR has emerged as the world’s leading channel data management provider to Fortune 500 high-technology and other large and small companies around the globe. Twenty four hour access to data is necessary to accommodate its global client base.
Buffalo CMR Case Study
In today’s 24/7 information‐centric society, consumers, small businesses and large enterprises have become increasingly dependent on stored data. At home, as well as in business, data is an asset that, like family heirlooms and valuable corporate assets, must be protected. Consumers are likely to store email, personal financial data, music, and priceless family photos and videos on their hard disks while businesses store data that is essential to their very survival on file servers and employees’ computers. How many businesses could survive without email and access to CRM, inventory records or ERP systems? And yet, it is estimated that about 6 percent of users lose their data each year.
Back Up and Restore
As small companies grow, they face an increasing number of IT challenges. Two of the most critical are: how to back up files and ensure that mission critical data is always available when it is needed, and how to protect customer privacy. Central to each of these questions is where should data be stored? Should it reside on local disks on client computers or on a shared network storage device?
Central Storage vs. Local Storage
In today’s digital society, businesses of all sizes depend on data. Whether it is financial, inventory, sales, marketing, email or any other type, having continuous access to data is essential for business survival. In developing a storage strategy there are a number of factors to consider, including capacity requirements, budget, available IT staff resources, scalability and performance. A variety of storage architectures are available to complement the various approaches for backing‐up, archiving and protecting one’s data. Each, of course, has advantages and disadvantages.
Direct Attached Storage vs. Network Attached Storage
Remote offices present IT managers with a number of technical challenges. Often businesses use remote offices to expand into either new markets, or into new geographical areas. Many of these remote offices have a relatively small staff, and often lack onsite technical expertise or corporate IT staff. Yet the data generated by the staff at remote offices is a corporate asset that should be backed up just like data at corporate headquarters.
Remote Office Backup
In the data center, business continuity means readying for data loss of any sort. That means having the tools and a strategy for backing up digital assets, including operating systems, applications, device drivers, and all system and application updates and patches, as well as mission-critical data files. These include email, accounting records, customer information, and all archives of files whose retention is mandated by state and federal regulations.
Business Continuity: Planning for the Unthinkable
For most businesses today, backup to tape is simply too slow and resource intensive to be a viable solution. Tape restore has been shown to be rather unreliable as well. And tape libraries have mechanical components that require maintenance. That’s the bad news. The good news is that backup to disk has become much less expensive and much more reliable than in the past, making it a competitive backup alternative to tape.
D2D2T Backup: The Best of Both Worlds
Server virtualization has taken the business world by storm, allowing organizations to consolidate tens or hundreds of hardware servers into one or a few hardware servers containing multiple virtual servers. The results: much lower hardware costs, more efficient use of server resources, power and cooling savings, flexibility, and agility. Slightly less known to the world of small and medium businesses is storage virtualization, which does many of the same things for storage that server virtualization does for servers. Together, storage and server virtualization make a powerful combination that reduces costs and makes your organization much more agile and competitive.