As discussed in Part 1, many owners and executives of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are becoming increasingly proactive about getting strong protection against cyber attacks as well as secure and reliable backups in the event of data loss or disaster recovery. Part 2 will discuss GDPR, Increased Storage Investment, and Software Defined Storage.
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
GDPR are data protection and privacy regulations that were passed by the European Union (EU) and subsequently adopted by the U.S. In order to do business within the countries of the EU, a company must comply with the GDPR. As commerce is increasingly international, many companies are ensuring they are GDPR compliant.
Increased Storage Investment
Studies have found that the storage requirements of many organizations have increased by almost 50% during the last two years. As a result, the demand for greater storage capacity has grown as well. Fortunately, recently introduced technology has made storage less costly, allowing companies to increase their storage investment. In addition, the variety and availability of storage types have made it easier for a company to secure what is most suitable for its requirements. A growing trend is combining various storage technologies, such as cloud storage, flash technology, and solid state drives (SSDs).
Software Defined Storage (SDS)
SDS provides more features that are individually specific to the requirements of a company. Giving a company greater flexibility for increasing their storage capacity, software defined storage allows the removal or addition of hardware, along with providing an interface that allows IT staff to efficiently manage storage devices.
Software defined storage is an economic method for data backup and recovery system development. SDS implementation has gained traction the past five years, and is now gaining further momentum. An estimated 4 out of 10 SMEs have implemented software defined storage, and about 30% are planning to utilize SDS technology within the next few years.
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