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Anticipating data storage challenges of the future

Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. A staggering 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. Data is at the heart of our businesses and organisations – so robust storage solutions have never been more important, particularly when it comes to enhancing your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). It’s been reported that data protection and security is the 2nd most important priority for CIOs in 2016.


But with data storage come challenges. Businesses now have an obligation to comply with Data Protection Laws. Failure to comply can lead to a fine of up to 5% of global revenue.

There’s also a need to consider technology – with a definitive move away from tape. A recent study revealed that 77% of manufacturers who tested tape architecture found failure/loss of data. The losses incurred from such failures can be catastrophic.

Storage is so much more than security. Slow performance in key business applications can have a detrimental impact on business KPIs. In addition to this, most businesses require a system that can scale with business growth. Scalable solutions, as well as rapid recovery to minimise downtime in the unfortunate event of system or application failure, are essential. Availability of data is key for instant reporting, and it’s critical to find ways of effectively storing data for longer periods of time, particularly due to industry regulations and contractual agreements.

In today’s business world, organisations need a system with a range of features specifically designed to increase the efficiency and reliability of data storage, including:

  • A scalable solution, which facilitates business growth
  • SSD Storage, which drives performance for key business applications (such as ERP), in contrast to tape’s slow retrieval of archived data (challenging stakeholders’ expectations for response time)
  • Storage snapshots and advanced data recovery features that replace legacy backup solutions
  • Improved storage efficiency to better handle data growth and reduce TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)

For an efficient, scalable and proven system, talk to a member of the team about NetApp FAS. Contact us today on 01202 308000.

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1: IBM, Bringing big data to the enterprise, 
2: NetApp Data Protection Playbook 2016
3: NetApp Playbook 2106
Author: James Cripps, 10 November 2016 

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