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Storing & Restoring

Evolution of Data

A crash course in data management and safekeeping
You use data everyday.
You use it for:
Sale transactions Vendor expenses Billing and payroll Tax and insurance information And so much more!



Cost of storing 1GB of data = $193,000


Introduction of the floppy disk with 1.4MB capacity


Compact Disc (CD) developed with 700MB capacity

What would happen if your business lost its data? Could you continue to operate?

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Cost of storing 1GB of data = $9,000 Data capacity increases for CDs/DVDs to 4.7GB and flash drives hold 256GB

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Thats why keeping your data safe is so important.


Unfortunately, data failure happens.

Heres how:2
Hardware failure - 40% Human error - 29% Software corruption - 13% Theft - 9% Computer viruses - 6% Hardware destruction - 3%

Cost of storing 1GB of data = $19.70 BluRay discs emerge with 25GB storage capacity


Cost of storing 1GB of data = $0.07

However you lose it, in of cases, data can be recovered. But its an expen$ive operation.


Having a data management plan is the first step to protecting your companys data.
That means you need to know:
What file formats are being created Who is creating them How old they are How much storage capacity each file consumes

Youll also need to consider:

Volume of data you create Storage costs Server storage available Security needed to protect your data

With this information, youll have a better idea of what kind of device and storage system youll need to integrate, or just update.

Here are a few kinds:

Remote mirroring system3 This generates a mirror image of the data on one or more disks located locally or remotely. It functions in real time and provides the most current critical business data accessible via duplicate disks.

Network attached storage (NAS)6 This is attached to the common network via Ethernet. Its a file server that often integrates an optimized operating system for file sharing. This means that all processing is done locally at the clients request.

Disk array This links multiple hard drives into one big drive. The most common kind of disk array is a Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID). Redundancy implies its ability to write and store data to multiple locations in case a file is damaged.4 This kind of configuration is particularly useful for organizations with servers laden with multimedia-heavy data.5

Storage area network (SAN)6 Designed to be accessible by multiple servers, a storage area network makes other storage devices more accessible to a main server. It contains large volumes of data in block units instead of by individual files.

Direct attached storage (DAS)6 A direct connection to the server, either through the use of an internal server disk controller or an external storage subsystem, DAS systems are easy to use and generally low in costs.

There are many ways to store and protect your data. Take steps today to ensure youre keeping your data safe.
Infographic created by 4imprint, based on the Blue Paper entitled, A Guide to Managing Company Data. Download Blue Paper at link to go here
Sources 1 Komorowski, Matt. A History of Storage Costs. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Aug. 2012. <>.

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