As I write this, we are about 48 hours from knowing who will be the next President of the United States. I will not let this post degenerate into which candidate I think is the best choice, though I will say, at times, I feel like Richard Pryor's main character in "Brewster's Millions" and want to vote for "none of the above"!
If you run or manage a small or mid-sized organization, one thing that you'll want to think about is all of your data and where you keep it. While the rate of growth for company data is on the rise for both SMB and enterprise organizations, the cost of protecting that data is rising exponentially faster for SMBs. It's becoming more common to see SMB organization with data repositories anywhere from 100-200 GB, and I've even seen a few that were reaching levels of petabyte. You may even be unfamiliar with what a petabyte is. Basically, a petabyte of data is 1,024 terabytes of data. By now you should know that a terabyte is 1,000 GB so by doing the math a petabyte is 1,024,000 GB!
Before your head completely explodes, let's transition off of those imposing numbers to the question at hand. Where the heck do you keep all that data? This month we'll talk about a concept called Storage Area Networks (SAN) that can give you a high speed, accessible storage appliance or network of devices to assist in creating enough usable space for your current needs and expandable for future growth. I know, lots of technical talk. Suffice it to say, we'll discuss how and why you'd even need to go there.