Today, many small UK businesses are at a turning point when it comes to how to deploy and manage their storage now and into the future. That’s because of changes in the demands from the organisation, internal people pressures and improvements to available solutions.
A company refreshing its data centre storage is likely to consider solutions from top tier vendors. When capacity is not expected to grow beyond several petabytes, Dell PowerStore is likely to make it onto the shortlist. That’s because, with a modern storage solution from Dell, SMEs can benefit from:
For SMEs, the pressure to modernise how they use storage comes in many forms.
First, traditional storage models have onerous processes such as load balancing and painful forklift upgrades every few years. Not only does this pose a huge IT upgrade management problem, it also means a major distraction from the projects that would keep the business moving forward.
Consider also that organisations of all sizes are finding it even harder to retain skilled IT people. And that means bottom-up pressure to take people off the dull “keep-the-lights-on” routine functions.
Next up, the evergreen challenge that data continues to grow exponentially, with no end in sight. A good thing given that unstructured data is increasingly important in creating differentiated customer and employee experiences, but where should all that data be kept?
Finally, a critical reason to explore modernisation now is because of the advances that have taken place in storage technologies and solutions. If you are still using storage from the previous generation, your organisation is missing out on major IT advantages that many of your competitors are likely using.
Over recent years, there have been major innovations in storage solutions. The latest solutions can enhance flexibility, increase security, improve performance, and reduce complexity.
Not all modern storage solutions are created the same. While you weigh-up across potential solutions, here are some of the key features and capabilities that we at Bell Integration see our clients looking for:
Future-ready – IT and business leaders want to protect their investments to avoid major upgrades every few years. With a modern storage solution, you should be able to achieve data-in-place upgrades without the downtime and without impacting application performance or availability. You can always stay current with the latest advances in storage technology and have a cloud-ready infrastructure.
Built-in Security – With the increase in security threats, particularly ransomware, built-in data-at-rest encryption is essential. Encryption can be performed within each drive before the data is written to the media, protecting the data against theft or loss and attempts to read the drive directly. It also provides a means to erase information quickly and securely on a drive to ensure that the data is not recoverable.
Intelligence-Based Management for Planning and Operations – Your next storage solution should be easily accessible and provide warnings of the potential problems, meaning they can be addressed before they impact performance or availability. Increasingly, IT teams are looking to save time and money by using a cloud-based platform that uses machine learning and predictive analytics to do the monitoring, planning, optimisation, and other management activities. It also benefits your IT people by significantly cutting out dull repetitive duties.
Flexible IT – Flexible IT means a data-centric solution that supports traditional and modern workloads, with scale-up and scale-out agility. The ability to accommodate application, multi-protocol network and multi-format storage diversity within a single appliance helps you simplify and consolidate infrastructure.
When it comes to moving your organisation forward, it is important to remember that data is strategic, but storage is not. Even with an advanced solution such as the Dell PowerStore, SMEs can achieve huge benefits by working with Bell Integration because of our 25 years heritage in IT modernisation and future-ready solutions.
As a Dell Technologies Gold Partner we can provide a complete end-to-end solution. We will help you assess your needs and can design, plan, deploy and support your Dell Powerstore solution.
SMEs can take advantage of our buying power, engineering, installation and logistics that reduce lead times and allow for rapid deployment.
Choose as much or as little support as you need – when and where you need it with our comprehensive IT managed services.
By modernising with PowerStore and Bell Integration, your organisation can take a great step forward in unleashing the power of your data while relieving the pressure on your internal IT team and future-proofing your infrastructure.