To first understand how to store information, you need to have a basic idea of what type of data you use and the purpose of storing the said data. This way you can choose whether to go for an on-premise solution, move your information to a cloud or use a combination of the two methods. Below, we will be explaining how to select a data storage method based on your needs or the needs of your company.
Understand your data
You need to know exactly what you’re storing. To decide on a storage strategy, you should understand the business value of the data. You can ask yourself a few preliminary questions such as how you would retrieve lost data and the time taken for retrieval, time taken to access data, time needed to retain the data and the level of security needed. You also need to think about whether you need to combine multi-structured data from the transactional systems with unstructured or semi-structured data.
Launch a data retention policy
There has to be a clear understanding about what data should be stored for longer term use and what is needed for temporary storage. You should identify what is the most important data for your organization.
Solutions suitable for your data
Most businesses nowadays have a mobile workforce. This calls for a data storage solution that can be optimized for virtual and mobile platforms. These solutions must be flexible when it comes to selecting where data is stored.
Understand about storage clouds
All storage clouds are not created equally. They may have different purposes. Some may be focused towards archiving while others can act as the back end of a primary data storage system. You may be facing high expenditure of you lose your data by investing in a low priced cloud. There are cloud security services to protect the confidentiality of your data.
Securing your data
Securing your data has to be the top priority. The data has to be secured both physically and virtually. Encrypted data will have an edge as it cannot be read by hackers. The encrypted data has to be backed up in the case of emergencies. You can engage in several methods of securing your data such as passwords, encryptions and Siem network security.
Don’t be swayed by the cost of storage
This might all be new to you but you need to have a basic understanding of operating costs. You will incur expenses when it comes to third party support, monitoring, personnel and also the loss of data. You should not be swayed by initial discounts offered. Instead take a long term view regarding your data needs taking scalability, operating costs such as floor space, administration and support renewal into account.