In a corporate setting, hard drive space can become quite valuable. Most organizations run websites that require at least 25 GB of server space solely for media file storage. That may not sound like much, however, it could make a difference when file server space becomes scarce and everyone in the office can’t save his or her work on the server. There are several ways to prevent this from happening. Consider the following:
Network-attached Storage (NAS)
NAS is file-level data storage, which is connected to a network. Its server capabilities enable it to share files/ folders, media of all types, and printers. It is best known for its redundant storage capability, or RAID arrays. This allows for “hot swapping” hard drives in the event one goes bad. This is also an effective system for backing up data because RAID (depending on the set up) allows for mirroring hard drives meaning all data on the primary hard drive is replicated onto the ones. When one goes down, simply swap out the bad one for a new one and then the data will replicate once again.
Some home routers have the ability to share USB connected resources over a network. For those who are looking to pinch pennies, connecting an external hard drive to a router can be a useful option. Simply mapping to the location of the external hard drive can enable users to store data to it, indirectly. Also, depending on the method of backup, including the location of the external in a backup scheme is relatively simple to set up.
External with Backup
A simpler, though less efficient, method of storage is connecting an external hard drive directly to a computer. Though this method fulfills the desired outcome, it takes a longer amount of time to ensure the data on the external is backed up on a separate medium. Assuming this method is utilized in a business setting, backing up the data is imperative.
There are services that enable data storage in offsite locations. Essentially, all data and settings are kept on the offsite servers while the end user accesses this data via web browser or mobile device. This enables the organization employing this service to reduce the usage of their resources while storing as much data as they need. Another benefit is that the data is also backed up on another offsite server ensuring the safety of they data.