Yes, even very small businesses are talking Terabytes. What’s a terabyte? it’s 1000 Gigabytes. That seems a lot – but is it, these days? You can store 4GB on a little USB Thumb drive, so a Terabyte is really just 250 little thumb drives!The issue is not the storage of data itself – hard drives are relatively inexpensive, and the price of storage is continuously going down, on a per GB basis. But having this much data leads to other complications – such as:
- How do you back up this much data?
- How do you restore this much data?
- How do you find what you’re looking for, in all this data?
- How do you effectively achieve business continuity in case your storage device (whatever you’re using) fails?
- How do you access this data when you’re out of the office? (Try pulling even a 20MB file through a VPN connection – what a nightmare!).
- how do you secure this data? (IE – How do you keep someone from within your organization from walking away with your entire customer database, your product lines, and other intellectual property on a little thumb drive?)