Monday, April 28, 2014

The Data Boom: Store, Access, Share, Secure, Archive

Your company's data is everything; it's the blood line of your business.  It's your business' intellect, identity, personality, and quite frankly what makes you different from your competitors and appealing to your clients.  It is arguably the single most valuable asset your firm owns.  So are you managing, protecting, and utilizing it the best way possible?  Probably not; most companies don't.  And it is not your fault, it is just what happens when companies get bigger and new technology grows the data.  Today's enterprise data storage solutions are tasked with storing, managing, protecting and providing access to data in order to support business initiatives.  The demands on these storage solutions multiply as organizations become more distributed and corporate data grows exponentially.  Simultaneously, IT is under continuous pressure to spend less while also taking responsibility for more strategic initiatives.  This combination of factors is driving a need for innovative data storage solutions that manage and distribute data more effectively in this changing business environment.   Does any of these sound familiar?
  • Are you regularly running out of network drive space?
  • Do you need to archive more often than before to make room for newer project data?
  • Is project data getting larger and larger (Revit files)?
  • Are you struggling to find better ways to share data internally within your design teams or externally with consultants?
  • Are file open times getting greater and greater?
  • Do you need to collaborate with teams in other parts of the world?
  • Do you use Revit Server and find it a necessary evil?
  • Has your firm ever lost project data that had to be done over?
  • Do you feel confident in your current back-up / archiving methodologies?
  • Do you worry about a possible disaster or future potential for catastrophe?
These are some tell-tale signs that might be indicating that your firm's data is at risk in the near future.

Recently, cloud storage has emerged as a tool with new capabilities and the potential to solve the storage challenges of today's enterprise.  Leveraging the cloud as a component, Storage Infrastructure as a Service (SIaaS) is a new solution for enterprise data storage that delivers uniform storage with superior functionality across an enterprise organization.  After adopting SIaaS, organizations are better equipped to address the data management and user access demands of today.

Organizations often streamline costs and improve efficiency by outsourcing key applications and infrastructure.  However, in the case of data storage, enterprise organizations do not want to (and should not have to) sacrifice data security and performance for the benefits of outsourcing.  With the right solution, organizations can gain the value of storage as a service with the added benefits of centralized management, improved control and local performance.

Storage Infrastructure as a Service (SIaaS) is a solution that leverages cloud storage and allows IT to centrally manage data storage delivered as a service.  The solution is comprised of an on-premises controller combined with cloud storage and powered by an innovative technology, which altogether deliver a full enterprise-class data storage solution. SIaaS simplifies the way organizations consume, manage, share, and integrate storage, transforming from a complex hardware infrastructure distributed throughout the organization, to a centralized service with convenient access from every office and device.  This unique approach to enterprise data storage provides significant advantages over the complex hardware components in five key areas: 
Consolidated storage
  • Superior functionality
  • Uniform infrastructure
  • Unlimited scalability
  • Everywhere access
The technology and time are right for considering moving your company's data to the cloud.  For more information on Storage Infrastructure as a Service (SIaaS), contact

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