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Data is more important than ever in the world of business and IT management. Without reliable, secure data storage and management solutions, a small business could face serious risk of losing clients and even falling into legal trouble. Your clients' information, your business' personal records, and even data pertaining to your employees must be kept safe from unwanted, prying eyes. A strong, reliable data storage management solution is vital to a modern business. IT professionals spend a great deal of their time every day maintaining and optimizing company networks so that users never have to see the unpleasant bits and bolts that goes into getting things done.
What is CDW?
CDW is one of the world's leading providers of IT solutions, serving a wide range of customers from small businesses to large corporations and government. With over 250,000 clients, it's safe to assume that CDW knows a thing or two about flexibility and meeting the needs of clients with unique situations. CDW does more than just sell hardware. It provides a full range of services that include data storage management and virtualization. Each customer's situation is evaluated individually, and there is no one-size-fits-all package being pushed.
How Can CDW's Storage Management and Virtualization Solutions Help Small Businesses?
Unfortunately, many businesses are still running on antiquated hardware. Entire data centers are filled with older server technology that doesn't take advantage of modern virtualization or storage management software. The end result is an expensive operation that requires constant attention by IT in order to continue to meet the needs of a growing business. CDW's data storage virtualization and management solutions offer an out for this type of situation. Simplification is key, and if you can operate your business with room for growth on a fraction of the hardware you're currently supporting, wouldn't that be an advantage to your business? It all starts with an evaluation of your company's current situation. Once an assessment is complete, CDW can better determine how to create a solution around that which meets the current and future needs of the company. This may mean getting rid of older architecture in favor of a slimmer, smaller solution. Virtualization makes it possible to get the most out of each and every piece of hardware. By centralizing your business' storage to one single storage management system, your IT department is freed up to provide better service to other areas of your IT infrastructure. Once the solution is in place, CDW can train your staff on the new management system and prepare it to scale with future growth.
What Can You Do to Get Your Company on Board?
I spent time in an office once where data storage was an absolute disaster. We were a multimedia company that focused primarily on video content editing and distribution. In addition to our primary servers, we had no internal centralized storage point. Almost every desk had multiple external drives on it. In one case, the external drive array was well into the twenties. This was a cluttered mess, and most of our file transfers had to happen by way of sneakernet (by foot). That's when our IT department decided to take the initiative to do a cost evaluation between the expense of establishing a centralized storage point that was fast enough to duplicate the speeds of local attached storage and yet easy enough to manage to pay for itself over time. Stability was also a big concern to company management as the loss of a single drive could have irreparable impact on the business. This isn't even taking into account the possible impact of a burglary. Consider the costs involved if you don't invest in a centralized managed storage solution. What would it cost to scale your company's current storage capacity by double? How fragmented would the network be at that point? When weighing the pros and cons of a good data storage management system, the benefits are clear. Your business stands to save money in hardware, reduce the stress on IT, and provide redundancy and security that ensures that your data will be there when you need it.
With What Components of Data Storage Management and Virtualization Can CDW Help?
Every company has different needs. Not every business with data storage issues manages its own website. The issues might be internal where big data is being utilized and modified by multiple departments. Some businesses rely heavily on having a reliable Web presence, and that means being able to keep up with the demands of a fluctuating visitor level. A spike in traffic could take your site down very quickly if you don't have the storage and delivery backbone to support it. A good virtualization solution will allow you to segment your centralized storage platform so that each user has access to only the data they need. Imagine a data store that appears to each user exactly as they would expect. Accounting can have its own data area apart from receiving and/or customer service. IT can manage all of these individual virtualized servers from one central point. It empowers IT to get more done in less time, and makes it easier for the department to provide that much-needed support in other areas. On the physical solutions end, CDW can help with:
- Storage Area Networks
- Blade Servers
- Storage Management Software
- Archiving Software
- E-Discovery Software
- Data De-duplication
- Data Storage Virtualization
For a limited time, you can download CDW's Red Report absolutely free. This document will give you exclusive insider views on data management. This information can help you learn to:
- Gain Faster Access to Critical Info
- Provide Better Support for Your Workforce
- Protect Organizational Data
- Eliminate Infrastructure Inefficiencies
Interested in reducing your IT data storage requirements by 20-40%? Take a moment to do some research on some of the other solutions out there that are working for thousands of businesses around the world, and then see how CDW's Red Report compares. At the very least, your IT department would benefit from the information, and even use it to improve your company's current storage process.