Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is buzzing in every CIO and IT manager’s thoughts these days. When managed correctly, BYOD can increase staff productivity, improve file-sharing, and make employees happier. However, IT admins are increasingly troubled by the potential impacts that adding more devices will have on already-burdened enterprise storage and backup.
What does this mean for SMBs?
Although SMBs can make changes more flexibly, they are not immune to the challenges BYOD presents. To learn more about these challenges, check out our infographic on The Path to Better BYOD. The reality is that as data volumes grow, budgets do not. Storage and backup are often caught in the middle of a battle between choosing high efficiency or low cost solutions.
Typically, SMBs choose low-cost NAS solutions that cause the following issues:
- Using desktop hard drives that are not always designed for high duty cycle RAID environments.
- Managing custom Linux operating systems that are inconsistent with Windows systems and cause compatibility issues.
- Low-cost NAS features are unreliable and have not been tested as extensively as Windows client features – many units don’t offer an iSCI option.
- Slow processors and small amounts of RAM can struggle to ingest and manage capacity added over time.
How SMBs cope in the BYOD environment
The Quantum NDX-8 Series Network Attached Storage (NAS) units provide simple data protection. THE NDX-8 performs an agentless client backup and comes preconfigured with DATASTOR Shield deduplication software (so it doesn’t require third-party software).
NDX-8 Features we like:
- Reliability: Intel Dual Core i3 3.3GHz processor, 4GB RAM (expandable to 32GB) and enterprise class hard drives.
- Windows Storage Server OS: Install Windows-based applications like Microsoft Exchange directly on the NDX-8.
- Affordability: Customers save up to 75% on backup software licensing and support using DATASTOR Shield.
- Reduced traffic: Deduplication provides up to 90% reduction in data stored.
- Disaster recovery options: including replication to a 2nd NDX-8d or offsite to a Quantum RDX 8000.
Even if you’re not prepared to move to virtualization or the cloud, you still have mobile employees who need data security and access to critical apps. Unstructured data (emails, instant messages, videos etc.) can put stress on the capacity of your infrastructure. NAS devices let you conveniently share your data amongst multiple computers, whether they are local or remote. It’s easier to administer, simpler to configure and provides faster data access compared to file servers.
The consumerization of IT, the client computing revolution, the BYOD phenomenon…whatever the label, SMBs must not just buy what they need today, they need to consider the future of their storage needs.
Does your current solution have the compatibility, speed, and efficiency to meet the high expectations of your end-users? Would you use NAS over disk or tape? Let us know in the comments below.