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What about the little guy? Data protection for smaller organizations.
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 10 Num. 4 June 2011
Small- and medium-sized businesses should know their options when it comes to backing up and protecting data. Here’s a list of product choices and some vendors who have SMB options worth exploring. The only big difference between the computing environment of a large organization and a small one is scale. The paradox is that any type of disruption to computer systems or loss of access to data for an extended period of time -- while a nuisance in a larger company -- could be detrimental to a small- or medium-sized business (SMB). In either case, it’s imperative to protect system and data assets. But what’s the best approach for smaller organizations? While less likely to be challenged by the “backup window” and recovery time objective (RTO) issues faced by larger counterparts, smaller organizations are characterized by limited IT staff and budgets. Therefore, keeping data protection simple and cost-efficient is crucial. There are a number of solutions and approaches that meet these criteria for smaller firms. A switch to disk ...
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