Data Storage: SMB Data Storage Purchasing Practices: 11 Costly Mistakes

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-07 Print this article Print
SMB Data Storage Purchasing Practices: 11 Costly Mistakes

SMB Data Storage Purchasing Practices: 11 Costly Mistakes

by Chris Preimesberger
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.
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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