Protect your business’ data today with SAN storage

by | Jul 13, 2015 | Business Continuity

SAN storage could help solve your growing capacity needs

The world we live in is full of fast-pace technology. Let’s face it technology is a great thing but not when it shuts down. In order for a business to run efficiently you need the correct technology to protect your information.  If you never seem to have enough storage and your IT capacity is growing then your business needs SAN storage.

SAN is the acronym for Storage Area Network. It is a high-speed network whose sole function is to enable storage devices to communicate with computer systems and with each other. The network may or may not include tape libraries and disk-based devices. The type of storage it provides is block-level accessible by applications running on any network server. Multiple computers connect to numerous storage devices allowing the computers to exchange ownership of the devices among themselves, sharing data.

This benefits your business because of the flexibility, availability and performance compared to a direct attached storage system (DAS). A DAS system is digital storage attaching directly to a computer or server. Unlike DAS, SAN storage separates from the servers freeing the computing resources on the servers from other tasks, not associated to storage. Lost data without adequate backup caused by a disaster or any major malfunction translates into a tremendous loss of revenue. You need speed to keep up with client demands. SAN storage speeds up the backup process (uses fiber channel technology most often) and eliminates the need to apply server CPU cycles for backup. This simplifies some management tasks which minimize the need for IT labor.

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Setting up SAN storage requires a SAN switch, store device, a server along with cables and SAN management software. The topology of the SAN depends on your company’s needs and size.

Your business is thriving and requires adjustments for growth. A system on the down puts you in panic mode, resulting in possible financial ruin. Recovering your data quickly will safeguard against jeopardizing your business while protecting your assets. Implementing a SAN satisfies your storage and IT capacity needs.

We want to help secure your data. For more information on our data services and products contact us today.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.