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.