Data Storage: SMB Data Storage Purchasing Practices: 11 Costly Mistakes
Many small and midsize businesses are finding that their IT budgets are loosening up following the prolonged recession of 2008 and 2009. Consequently, as they look at investing in??ítheir IT, they are finding that protection of business data and other assets is??íoften priority No. 1. In fact, industry analysts at Storage Strategies Now recently reported that SMBs are expected to spend $30 billion to $60 billion on data protection this year in the United States alone. This, of course, is mostly due to the continued explosion of data in all sectors of the economy and the continuing threat of malware, viruses and hackers causing serious problems. Because many SMBs lack IT resources, mistakes can easily happen when businesses' operational executives make storage and data-protection purchasing decisions. To help SMBs look objectively at these decisions, clustered-storage maker Scale Computing has developed a list of the most common mistakes made when an SMB purchases storage. Based on its own real-world experience, Indianapolis, Ind.-based Scale Computing, a developer and manufacturer of clustered storage, has??íshared with eWEEK??ía list of??íwhat it sees as the most common mistakes made when an SMB purchases storage.