Written by Converge Technology Solutions
New digital technologies are opening the door for companies to acquire massive amounts of data. This information feeds machine learning algorithms and other applications to help business efficiency and proactive identification of customer and internal trends. Thus, organizations that want to optimize their resources need to embrace simple, efficient, secure data storage such as Dell’s PowerProtect and ensure they don’t make these data storage mistakes.
Mistake 1: Fearing the cloud
The cloud serves as a remote access point. Backing up to the cloud using a service such as Dell Cloud Storage allows users to access data from anywhere and eliminates potential hazards from on-premises storage. Because storage is virtual, a user does not need to transport a physical device containing data.
Gain protection on the cloud
The cloud provides protection from hard drive failures. Many factors can corrupt physical backup devices, including water damage or even simple wear and tear. And physical backups are vulnerable to theft.
Increase agility through cloud storage
Hard drives provide a fixed amount of storage capacity. But cloud storage can grow or shrink with a company’s needs. Thus, cloud backup offers flexibility. And companies don’t have to pay for storage they don’t need.
Mistake 2: Taking backups for granted
Many organizations tend to “set it and forget it.” But establishing a plan ensures that data backups will work when the company needs them to.
Backups can fail. Part of any data storage solution, regardless of the data’s physical or virtual location, involves organizing and curating data regularly. This ensures that information remains accessible for end users.
Backup plans should include regular testing. Setting an alert that signals a successful backup or failure can reveal potential problems before it’s too late. It’s also critical to retest the backup process after password resets or other system maintenance.
A recent survey of RSA Conference attendees revealed that fewer than half of organizations patch vulnerabilities as soon as they discover them. Furthermore, 26% of respondents said their companies have ignored critical security flaws because they didn’t have time to fix them. Attention to security protects data and prioritizes user confidence in privacy.
Mistake 3: Disregarding latency
Latency means a delay in how long it takes for the network to respond to a user’s action. In storage terms, latency is the amount of time it takes for a user to write information to, or access information from, the storage device.
Compare latency in various devices
The time it takes to store data varies by device. The average hard drive features 10 to 20 milliseconds of latency. Solid state drives, which have no moving parts and rely on flash memory, are faster: 1 to 3 milliseconds. Often, public cloud latency outperforms that of hardware devices, with measurements less than a millisecond.
Value low-latency insights from machine learning
Forward-thinking businesses are relying more on machine learning and data analytics to drive business outcomes. Collecting real-time information and integrating it with historical data can help companies develop forward-looking insights to drive action. Accessing data instantaneously becomes a priority for companies that seek to act quickly.
Find solutions with Dell and Converge
Fearing the cloud, forgetting backups and disregarding latency—don’t make these data storage mistakes! Dell Technologies can help solve your data storage needs with expertise in storage, management, protection and analysis of data. Dell EMC products help modernize your infrastructure with a broad range of solutions.
Converge Technology Solutions is well versed in Dell’s robust offerings and can help you implement and customize them for your business. Contact a Converge Technology Solutions expert today and take the first step toward smarter data storage.