Hand Picked Hotels Drastically Improves Business Efficiency With Buffalo TeraStation 5400

After evaluating its IT system, Hand Picked Hotels, a collection of 17 bespoke country house heritage properties, dramatically improved its business efficiency by switching to a Buffalo TeraStation 5400 NAS device.

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As their staff have limited IT experience and little time to spend on resolving issues, by replacing the LinkStation Pro with a 12 TB TeraStation 5400, they have solved these issues by allowing entire backups to be run across the nationwide network.

The TeraStation 5400 has helped Hand Picked Hotels to cut costs and increase efficiency. Employees are no longer required to maintain the system and IT support costs have been reduced. Having achieved three product awards, our TeraStation 5400, was definitely a winning choice for this prestigious hotel group.

Grownup storage for start-up businesses

Today’s small and mid-sized businesses operate in the same mission-critical environment as their enterprise competitors. And like big businesses, SMBs also have to handle large volumes of data, and maintain the highest levels of uptime – every day and around the clock.

Despite this, an independent survey of IT managers, commissioned by Buffalo Technology, found that:

  • 62% of respondents store their business data on external hard-drives
  • 45% of respondents store their business data on USB sticks or CDs
  • Only 10% of respondents store their business data on NAS devices
  • Only 29% of respondents use an IT specialist to inform their decisions
  • Only 7% of respondents backup their data hourly
  • 37% of respondents backup only once a day

These stats show that many SMBs are not taking backup seriously, even though 9 out of 10 respondents realise they would be impacted through data loss, and 24% have already experienced it.

It has become essential for SMBs to adopt enterprise-class processes and technologies, and this applies to the data storage and management systems that underpin their business. Buffalo Technology’s TeraStation 5000 family of products – which features the TeraStation 5200, 5400, 5600 and 5800 – provide exactly what SMBs need to compete with the larger players. The enterprise-class solution is designed to help them centralise their storage and backup activities, seamlessly and cost-effectively. It does this by providing SMBs with a host of powerful business features and a level of reliability and performance normally only associated with an enterprise environment.

The TeraStation 5000 family of devices are either rack-mounted or freestanding and come with a compact design, which offers a business class/professional-grade NAS operating system. The devices simplify the process of managing data, backups and data sharing in a production environment. They also bring a range of advanced features such as NAS and iSCSI support, multiple levels of RAID technology, failover, support for cloud storage and IP video surveillance integration.

Features like these make the TeraStation 5000 range an ideal data storage and management platform for SMBs. From a business perspective, they are a cost-effective network storage solution for companies that require enterprise-level performance and functionality.

How to use business data more efficiently in five steps

All businesses want to use data more effectively, especially in this age of ‘big data.’ Here is the Buffalo Technology five step guide to enhancing your data storage needs and capabilities:

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1. Combine NAS with iSCSI

Combining Network-Attached Storage and iSCSI-attached storage provides an advanced level of data transfer performance, securitynetwork flexibility and exceptional file transfer performance.

This enables you to choose the best combination of technologies for your business, with NAS generally recognised as a better option for file storage, and iSCSI preferential for block storage.

iSCSI can be used with VMware’s virtualization environment, broadening the options for SMBs to gain from cost-efficient storage virtualization.

2. Make use of cloud storage support

Choose a NAS device that supports Amazon S3 backup, a fee-based online storage service that broadens the options for SMBs to store and back up their data offsite.

This enables employees to work flexibly and to remotely access the files they want whenever and wherever they want them, whether they are at home, on a desktop computer in an internet cafe, or travelling with a mobile device.

The technology works with all devices that have Internet access via a web browser, and there is optional SSL support for increased security.

3. Maximise HD video, music and gaming streaming speeds

For businesses that are heavy users of multimedia files, some NAS devices are particularly well suited to streaming high-definition video and music, and also high quality gaming.

Integrated multimedia capabilities save IT administrators valuable time and resources, and offer creative professionals, home office workers and employees high levels of functionality and usability.

4. Utilise BitTorrent Downloader

Some NAS systems include technology that allows businesses to manage P2P BitTorrent file transfers directly without the use of a dedicated PC. This is especially useful for sharing large files with ease.

5. Use advanced storage management

Advanced NAS devices include features and functions created specifically to make storage management tasks straightforward for SMBs. These tools allow them to manage their data the way that best suits the needs of the company.

Some devices are capable of supporting multiple levels of RAID technology, from RAID 0 up to RAID 61, utilising multiple hard drives and delivering enterprise-class capacity and redundancy. This means businesses can customise their RAID storage in a way that suits them best.

Also, simplified user interfaces can be useful, as the technology enables data to be transferred to online backup or cloud-based storage in a straightforward and efficient way by less tech-savvy users.