Small Business Buyers Guide: Storage

By Robert P. Lipschutz  |  Posted 2004-06-18 Print this article Print

Our buying guide walks you through the choices and costs associated with critical storage and server tools.

Just about every small business can benefit from having its own servers and dedicated storage for those servers. But deciding what to buy can be a challenge. The key is to assess your needs accurately. Consider current and future applications your business will run, whether you will host your own e-mail system or Web site, and how fast you anticipate your business growing.

Unless youre extremely tech-savvy, we recommend having a designated network administrator to help you assess and plan or hiring a consultant or value-added reseller. On the following pages, we offer an overview of the technologies and equipment available and guide you through the right questions to ask.

Read on to learn:
  • How to choose the right server for your business by assessing performance, cost, space, and other concerns.
  • The differences among DAS, NAS, SAN, and SCSI storage devices, and which one is right for you.
  • Who the major storage vendors are, including product lines and contact information.

    To begin the reviews, click here.
    Rob Lipschutz is PC Magazine's Lead Analyst for Business and Networking. He is responsible for our coverage of networking, and of services and software targeted at the unique needs of smaller businesses. As former Technical Director, Networking for PC Magazine, he just can't get these products out of his blood. Rob has written three books and numerous articles on networking and Internet products and technologies. His continuing quest is to find those products that truly help to improve, even revolutionize, the way your business works without imposing the complexity and high-costs sometimes found in products targeted at larger enterprises.

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