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.