As we live in the information age, the production of data is becoming more rapid and inevitable. In fact, the amount of data worldwide will reach 163 zettabytes (ZB), 60% of which will be created and managed by businesses (IDC, 2017). Based on this prediction, the need for a good storage solution is no longer secondary but has become a vital part of every business.
Aside from storing data, enterprise storage solutions enable file sharing and collaboration among workers. Most of them also offer security features, such as user-based permissions, which is not commonly found in consumer storage solutions. In addition, it also offers better performance, reliability, availability, and scalability.
The benefits of deploying enterprise storage are apparent, so it is not unexpected that the worldwide enterprise storage market keeps on growing. A 2017 quarterly report by IDC showed that during the second until fourth quarter, the market grew 2.9%, 14%, and 13.7%, respectively. This growing statistic may be attributed to the fact that various industries have utilized enterprise storage. One example is ERS Insurance Group, which has utilized enterprise storage to reduce latency by 500% and costs by $81,672 per year.
There are two forms of enterprise storage, namely cloud and on-premise. Each type has its benefits. Having a cloud storage will simplify storage management and may lower business costs, while on-premise gives you complete control of your hardware and data. Cloud storage is available in three types, consisting of private, public, and hybrid, whereas on-premise storage comes in direct-attached storage (DAS), network-attached storage (NAS), and storage area network (SAN). The three types of on-premise storage will be discussed in detail in the coming weeks.
Data production is essential for businesses to operate, so does the way of storing it. As an IT solution partner with more than a decade experience, CTI Group has a range of solutions from a wide variety of leading brands, such as IBM, EMC, HPE, and Lenovo. Our dedicated IT talents are ready to guide you in deploying the right storage solution for your business so that your business operations can run smoothly.