Data storage for SMBs

Storage issues plague business of all sizes. This guide is packed with SMB-specific resources for all things storage, including disaster recovery, archiving, backup and more -- all for SMBs.

Data storage issues plague companies of all sizes -- it's complicated and expensive, and constantly needs reassessment. However, when it comes to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), this is one area where planning far in advance can mean so much more for your return on investment. Whether you're purchasing storage hardware for the first time or having issues with your current system, our IT Management Guide on storage and SMBs has the information you need to make the right choices the first time.

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   Featured story
   Expert advice
   News and trends
   Email archiving
   Product news
   More resources



  Featured story  Return to Table of Contents

Storage ROI possible for SMBs

With the volume of data flowing through small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) growing by 60% or more each year, creating a systematic approach to backing up and archiving data is vital to the success of any business.

Research by Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc. indicates that half of SMBs will go out of business within three years if they cannot recover data within 24 hours of a disaster, raising the importance of a comprehensive data storage and retrieval system, coupled with a comprehensive business recovery plan. The good news is that data storage hardware prices have been dropping.

"There's more and more data to store and protect, and threats continue to grow both internally and externally," said Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst at The StorageIO Group, an information technology analyst and consulting firm based in Stillwater, Minn. "There's a good awareness at the enterprise level of threats, needs and pain points, and all of those are coming down the SMB space."

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  Expert advice  Return to Table of Contents
  • Tip: Data storage options for SMBs
    (Source:, Nov., 13, 2006)
  • Tip: Data storage management for SMBs: Clearing up the confusion
    (Source:, Sept. 28, 2006)
  • Tip: Data storage for growing SMBs
    (Source: Sept. 21, 2006)
  • Tip: Data storage ROI possible for SMBs
    (Source:, Sept. 12, 2006)
  • Tip: Storage resource management: SMB Buying Decisions
    (Source:, Sept. 5, 2006)
  • Tip: Hard disk storage capacity for SMBs
    (Source:, Aug. 10, 2006)
  • Column: Data storage offerings meet SMB needs
    (Source:, Aug. 10, 2006)
  • Tip: Continuous data protection: Check IT List
    (Source:, June 8, 2006)
  • Tip: Storage planning for SMBs: Check IT List
    (Source:, June 1, 2006)


  News and trends  Return to Table of Contents
  • Article: Data protection should rank first for SMBs, exec says
    (Source:, Sept. 1, 2006)
  • Article: CIOs choked by storage costs and complexity
    (Source:, Aug. 16, 2006)
  • Article: Midsized firms reach out to backup service providers
    (Source:, July 19, 2006)
  • Magazine Feature: Tapeless backup gains favor among storage architects
    (Source: Storage Magazine, July 5, 2006)
  • Article: Data classification is end users' job
    (Source:, May 30, 2006)
  • Article: Clustered storage wins mainstream fans
    (Source:, May 23, 2006)
  • Article: Clustered storage wins mainstream fans
    (Source:, May 23, 2006)
  • Article: Taking the tears out of tiered storage
    (Source:, May 2, 2006)
  • Article: Portable storage devices invite big problems
    (Source:, April 10, 2006)
  • Article: Portable storage devices invite big trouble
    (Source:, April 10, 2006)
  • Article: When buying up isn't always better for SMBs
    (Source:, March 14, 2006)
  • Article: SMB opens door to SaaS
    (Source:, Jan. 20, 2006)
  • Article: Health care users struggle with HIPAA
    (Source:, Jan. 3, 2006)


  Email archiving  Return to Table of Contents
  • Definition: Choosing an e-mail archiving strategy
    (Source:, May 2, 2006)
  • Article: Email archiving for SMBs: No experience required
    (Source:, Aug. 2, 2006)
  • Article: Email archiving: What's right for your enterprise?
    (Source:, May 18, 2006)
  • Tip: Email archiving and compliance tools
    (Source:, Jan. 20, 2006)
  • Tip: Top 10 best practices for email archiving
    (Source:, Jan. 18, 2006)


  Product news  Return to Table of Contents
  • Article: Storage management tools get more flexible
    (Source:, Nov. 27, 2006)
  • Article: HP redefines storage simplicity with All-in-One device
    (Source:, Sept. 20, 2006)
  • Case study: Remote backup management tool keeps Intermountain Gas on top
    (Source:, Aug. 23, 2006)
  • Article: HP touts storage appliance for small businesses
    (Source:, July 25, 2006)
  • Article: New York museum shuns SAN
    (Source:, June 13, 2006)
  • Article: IBM's new storage device offers SMBs high-bandwidth option
    (Source:, May 12, 2006)
  • Article: Express management tools lighten the load for SMBs
    (Source:, Feb. 28, 2006)
  • Article: EMC's Insignia -- More than a pretty package?
    (Source:, Feb. 8, 2006)


  More resources  Return to Table of Contents

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