As an IT decision-maker in your organization, nobody knows the data needs of your business better than you do. When you’re searching for a data backup and recovery solution to suit your business best, be sure to ask yourself the following questions first. Then, shop accordingly:
- How Much Data Does My Company Have?
First and foremost, consider the size of your company and the potential for data growth. An SMB with two employees that doesn’t see much growth in the future needs much less capacity than an SMB with 40 employees facing rapid growth in the next few years.
If you know your business is growing, consider backup storage options that scale out. That way, you won’t overprovision as you set up your data management system, and you won’t run the risk of underprovisioning or requiring a forklift upgrade in the future. The storage capacity scales as your business needs grow.
Solutions that harness the power of the cloud are often best suited to companies that cannot determine how much they might grow in the future. These technologies can also scale out and grow with your business. You can pay for what you need, and you won’t run out of space.
- What’s My Current Business IT Environment?
Developing a plan for business continuity is mission-critical. How will a new backup and recovery solution work with current hardware and software to maintain operations during a disaster? Simplicity starts with an IT ecosystem that works seamlessly side-by-side. Before shopping around for data backup technology, assess the current systems and processes you have in place. This lets you gauge the required flexibility of any future solution you’re looking to deploy.
- How Much Am I Able to Spend?
Cost-effectiveness is vital for any business, big or small, so make sure you scope out your budget limitations. Moreover, while a low price for a solution can be tempting, you get what you pay for. Do consider the total cost of ownership (TCO), not just the upfront price. Also, your chosen solution should be scalable and flexible so that it still works even as your business grows.
- Is the Solution User-Friendly?
In business, simplicity of solutions is paramount. It reduces the opportunity for errors, saves you time in deployment and operation, and reduces training requirements. Beyond that, identifying a solution that has reliable and helpful 24/7 support is critical when it comes to managing your organization’s data.
- Is the Provider Reputable?
We live in the age of abundant information and peer reviews. No matter what product you’re shopping for, there’ll be someone who already tried it and reviewed it online. Be sure to check these reviews before investing in a recovery solution. Other people’s experiences with a provider may not be in line with your needs, but they can point you to important aspects of a service that you may want to ask detailed questions about. It’s worth knowing what you’re getting yourself into before you invest.
StorageCraft offers a reliable and reputable solution for backup and recovery that combines cloud-based protection for business continuity, scale-out storage hardware, and a variety of unmatched support options. Everything you need to safeguard your data from a cybersecurity breach or a natural disaster you’ll find with us. Contact us today to learn more about the products we offer or request a free demo to see them in action.