The Importance Of Physical And Data Storage For A Business

Storage through has become rather popular for accounting offices, law firms and marketing organizations because of the large amount of files and documents that have to be archived over the course their lifetime. provides a secure space with climate control option to ensure that molds and mildew will not destroy that information that has been a product of hard work for years.

However, physical storage will just cover the most immediate needs. When considering storage it is important to have an eye for the future. In the old days, a server is enough for storage; but it often happens that the single server is overloaded with data causing stress to a business because files are either moved or deleted to provide space. There are also instances when a server is underutilized making the business wonder why money was invested on capacity that will not be used.

In today’s world, storage is usually held centrally. Each of the servers is allocated a portion of a storage pool and if the application needs more, its allocation is increased as needed. This system of data storage has its advantages because the storage appliance can be loaded up with enough capacity to get by with the current needs and more disks can be added when needed. This is frequently done without interruptions to the business.

To put it simply, hard drives come in two types: HDD and SSD. HDD means hard disk drive which is the traditional hard drive used in computers since the 1970’s. SSD is solid state drive that is the new kid on the block. SSDs are generally faster and they are made from solid state memory that is similar to the RAM in the computer. SSD’s are intelligent systems that can move data to the fastest storage when it is being used then back to HDDs when there is less demand.

There is also a SAN or storage area network that is accessed by a server over a network. It is like a USB drive that is attached to the server. There are also several variants of the SCSI protocol like ICSI and that uses SCSI protocol but maps it over the popular TCP/IP network protocol and the Fiber Channel Protocol that maps SCSI over Fiber Channel.