Data Management Techniques and Best Practices for Small Businesses

By CIOReview | Monday, November 7, 2016
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Tons of new data flow through the enterprise network stream on daily basis. Part of this information gets obsolete while the remaining gets modified and updated. It is imperative for an enterprise to preserve and accommodate these business-critical information onto a proper storage location—on-premise or cloud storage, whichever is convenient for the business.

As data storage is important, recovery too plays a vital role, the storage and recovery tasks are well performed by data management solutions which are offered by database solutions provider. The database management systems helps CIOs by providing greater insights about the binaries that are flowing in and out of the repository. This upholds information with utmost security, maintaining transparency among organizational leaders. To strengthen storage and management of information, following data storage best practices are to be executed:

Multiprotocol storage array: Multiprotocol storage system integrates both block and file storage system in a single integrated hardware package. As both the storage systems—block and file storage can be found in a single hardware, CIOs need not invest separately on these storage system. Such a single integrated hardware system eliminates the need of external components like gateways, bridges, or routers.

As multiprotocol has integrated hardware storage system, for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) who have either storage options—Storage Area Network (SAN) or Network Attached Storage (NAS) can deploy multiprotocol storage system. The ease in deployment is that SAN is based on block storage whereas, NAS is based on file storage system.

Multiprotocol supports protocols of both SAN and NAS system—Fibre channel, Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP), network File System (NFS), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Server Message Block (SMB) and other such protocols which constitute for data storage.       

Centralized Data Storage

SMBs are constantly vying towards centralized data storage system. This is because the organization loses its efficiency if databases are disintegrated for sales, memberships, processes as there is a lot of consumption of time while collecting information. A centralized storage system has many benefits for an enterprise as all information is found in a single window.

As all the information is centralized, it becomes easy for an enterprise to develop reports or check the progress and history of a particular data.  Such reports help in broadcasting and forecasting analytics which is nutritious for a growing organization. Also for C-suites it becomes easier to learn about particular information—process, meeting, membership as analysis are done on graphical basis. Further, there are myriad protocols available for centralized solutions. CIOs need to evaluate the volume of data produced by the enterprise and then choose a centralized storage system which is agile and cost effective.

Data Migration

CIOs need to develop a proper data migration strategy that helps clients to work seamlessly without any interruption. For a successful data migration execution, CIOs need to execute the following three steps: the first step is to replicate or create an exact same copy of data; the second step is to de-stage all the data onto a repository or disk storage hardware. The third step is to perform a validation and verification check on the data which has been migrated from old to new storage hardware device.  

Not only these steps prove helpful in building a data migration best strategy but it reduces data storage risks while migrating valuable corporate information of clients and SMBs. Further, there are data migration software’s like IBM’s Power systems which reduces the efforts involved in data migration. These power systems are built for faster workload processing.