Data Storage: Avoiding Data Storage Nightmares: 10 Tips for SMBs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-10-21 Print this article Print
Avoiding Data Storage Nightmares: 10 Tips for SMBs

Avoiding Data Storage Nightmares: 10 Tips for SMBs

by Chris Preimesberger
Virtually all large enterprises have storage policies, software and hardware in place to handle corporate and departmental data storage. But small companies with less than about 25 employees and SOHO (small office, home office) businesses often have quite a different outlook on backup and disaster recovery: Sometimes they have no policies at all. More small business owners than one might think believe just having a good desktop or laptop machine along with a cloud-storage service such as SugarSync, DropBox, Mozy or Carbonite running in the background is all they need to be protected. If and when a real disaster happens, this may not be adequate to get the business back up and running in short order. SMBs need to be aware of their business data storage environment at all times even if it only consists of one or two 1TB drives supplied by Iomega or Seagate that may or may not be equipped with encryption and backup software. The main resource for this slide show is Aprigo, which provides an on-demand data management platform called Ninja, which provides control over access to sensitive data.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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