5 More Cheap Small Business Storage Boxes
The Plextor PX-NAS4 supports up to 8 TB of data with a starting price of $400. It has plenty of flexibility, too, through a variety of different kinds of ports. In addition, it comes with encryption and backup. It's also Energy Star compliant, which means low energy consumption (58 Watts), and that translates into lower running costs.
"With today's increasing amount of digital data, businesses need to save such data in a secure and accessible area," said Clifford Sun, a marketing manager for Plextor, "We offer reliable, secure and convenient storage solution for small and medium businesses."
This is an interesting one -- an alliance between the security and storage software firm Symantec and a Chinese hardware vendor named Huawei.
For a year now, there have been rumors about inexpensive hardware about to come from China that will undercut many established vendors in fields such as storage, servers and networking. This one could be the vanguard.
The Oceanspace S2600 costs $8,000 for 8 TB and is expandable up to 96 disks. Watch for more SMB gear to come from this company.
Iomega eGo mobile drives.
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If your company needs more sophisticated small business storage, take a look at the products of StorSimple. The StorSimple 5000 hybrid cloud appliance uses solid state storage to speed up response times, deduplication to reduce disk consumption, and it has an interface to manage the connection to online storage providers such as Amazon, AT&T and Zetta.
While key data is held close at hand in the StorSimple 5000, the rest of the data -- such as company archives -- can be sent offsite to those providers.
According to Ian Howells, chief marketing officer of StorSimple, the starting price for this unit is $15,000. The StorSimple 5000 helps SMBs eliminate the nightmare of having to archive aging data to tape, said Howells.
Many of the boxes listed above either dont come with an operating system or provide only a basic one. This applies in particular to some of the cheaper servers mentioned above. Moosa Matariyeh, a CDW solutions architect, recommends loading Windows Storage Server rather than a traditional operating system.
To reduce the cost of ongoing storage growth, use a Windows-based storage server instead of a standard Windows server acting as a file server, he said. You can turn on Single Instance Storage to eliminate multiple copies of the same file, which can reduce the overall storage space needed.
One license costs $722.99, and you can load it onto many of the servers discussed in this article. One of the most common ways to reduce storage growth needs is to reduce duplicate files, which is one of the standard functions of this software, said Matariyeh. But as a storage environment grows past a few hundred file users, this solution may no longer be suitable.
Drew Robb is a Los Angeles-based freelancer specializing in technology and engineering. Originally from Scotland, he graduated with a degree in geology from Glasgow's Strathclyde University. In recent years he has authored hundreds of articles as well as the book, Server Disk Management by CRC Press.
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