The Small Business Perspective on Data Management


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Even the smallest companies have more data to manage
than ever before, in more forms than ever before. In this paper, you’ll learn:
• What small business considers its top priorities in
data management
• What technologies they’re using or planning to use
to handle explosive data growth
• How server and storage virtualization can address
the challenges of balancing operations with innovation

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The Small Business Perspective on Data Management

  1. 1. The Small BusinessPerspective onData Management At A Glance Even the smallest companies have more data to man- age than ever before, in more forms than ever before. In this paper, you’ll learn: • hat small business considers its top priorities in W data management • hat technologies they’re using or planning to use W to handle explosive data growth • ow server and storage virtualization can address H the challenges of balancing operations with inno- vation.In the age of Big Data, small business needs to manage moredata, in more forms and from more sources, than ever before—with budgets that aren’t growing nearly as quickly as their datastores. An integrated, unified approach to data management canhelp them address this challenge while improving their ability toleverage their data stores for strategic benefit. Small Business Perspective: Management 1
  2. 2. Setting Priorities With unified storage, three reasons were tied for first place at 59In a recent poll conducted by IDG Research percent. Half of all respondents also consid-and sponsored by Dell, nearly seven out of smaller companies ered increased storage capacity a goal.ten IT decision-makers at companies with can better manage Unified storage solutions, which arefewer than 100 employees reported that capable of managing file- and block-leveltheir top data management priorities for all their data data simultaneously, provide a way tothe coming year were maintaining busi- using the storage achieve these goals. With unified storage,ness continuity and improving the level technologies they smaller companies can better manage alland speed of access to data. Improving their data using the storage technologiesdata security was third at 55 percent. already have, while they already have, while still accommodat- Keeping up with data growth was fourth still accommodating ing future storage protocols as they choose to adopt them.on the list of data management priorities, future storagementioned by 53 percent of respondents—still more than half, but comparatively low protocols as they Solutions forgiven that 56 said data storage solutions choose to Smaller Companieswill be a critical or high priority investment Dell offers an affordable, scalable unifiedover the next 12 months. Data storage is adopt them. storage solution that minimizes coststop of mind for small businesses consid- and maximizes flexibility by enabling ITering IT investments; the next highest organizations to scale out their storageinvestment priority, data security, lagged by as needed without a forklift upgrade. Thea dozen percentage points. as an efficient, cost-effective strategy for PowerVault NX300 Network Attached managing data and applications. Nearly half Storage, PowerVault NX3100 NetworkTechnology Choices (44 percent) said virtualization solutions are Attached Storage, and PowerVault NX3000Asked what types of data storage they a critical or high priority area for investment HA Cluster all come pre-configured withcurrently use or are most likely to use in in the next 12 months, and more than half Microsoft® Windows Storage Server® 2008the next 12 months, nearly three-quarters (55 percent) already have server virtualiza- R2 for effortless integration with existingof poll respondents mentioned disaster tion projects underway. Another 7 percent systems, including a built-in automatedrecovery solutions, while roughly two-thirds plan to launch virtualization initiatives in setup and configuration wizard that makesmentioned SATA and NAS. Only about one the next 12 months, and 18 percent intend file-sharing fast and easy to five respondents intended to invest in to pursue it at a later date. Only 18 percent Dell certifies their Windows Storage Serverstorage solutions not already in use or in- of respondents indicated no interest in solutions with their Equallogic, Compellentcrease their investment in the data storage virtualization at all. As smaller companies PowerVault Storage arrays. For less com-solutions they currently have in place. adopt server virtualization, their openness plex implementations they can be used as The poll suggests that while larger to virtualized storage will presumably grow a stand alone appliance.companies have proven the usefulness of as well. With components designed to workcloud technologies for data management Dell believes that successful virtualized together in multiple combinations for easyand storage, smaller businesses are still in implementations are built upon a solid scalability, the Dell unified storage solutionthe exploratory phase implementing cloud foundation consisting of enterprise storage, can scale up to 500’s of terabytes usinginto their orgainzation. Just one in three servers and networking solutions. Dell pro- integrated storage specific features as wellrespondents considered it a critical or high vides an end-to-end solution for customers as advanced storage technologies andpriority to invest in cloud computing in the of all sizes. data management software. coming year, whether in software as a ser-vice, infrastructure as a service, or platform Decision Driversas a service. Almost six in ten companies polled cited On the other hand, the majority of re- cost reduction, easier storage provisioning,spondents are willing to follow larger com- and increased agility as their objectivespanies’ lead in pursuing server virtualization for server and storage virtualization. These Small Business Perspective: Management 2