Editor’s Question: How can SMEs ensure they have a solid IT infrastructure?

Sep 16, 2021 | StorCentric

Surya Varanasi, CTO, StorCentric:

Today, most small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) find themselves in the midst of an unprecedented opportunity to deploy new technologies that will propel them to new levels of innovation and growth. Advancements across the digital universe, combined with dramatic changes in how we work, learn, shop and live, have driven data creation to dizzying heights. However, in order to leverage this colossal amount of data, SMEs must have a solid IT infrastructure in place capable of supporting today’s business, IT and budgetary requirements, as well as flexibility and scalability to accommodate tomorrow’s opportunities.

One key strategy many SMEs find invaluable is to partner with a trusted advisor such as a systems integrator (SI), value added reseller (VAR), distributor, etc. that can help bring order to the seemingly infinite number of vendors and virtually endless choices of current, emerging and disruptive technologies. There are numerous benefits in working with an outside trusted advisor. To start, while nobody knows your business like you do – what has worked and what has failed – they bring a fresh perspective. An outside view can assist in moving past the way things have always been done and pinpoint areas that are ripe for improvement. Next, they enable you to focus on your core competency and keep your operations running smoothly, while they plan, source, co-ordinate, implement, test and even maintain your IT infrastructure on an on-going basis. And last but not least, they are able to secure the very best price for your IT investment from proven technologies that you can trust.

Whether working with a trusted partner or managing the entire process soup to nuts, the next step for an SME is to choose technologies that are real-world proven to grow as needed, when the SME’s business and IT requirements demand, and their budget allows. Certainly, data storage is a foremost consideration. It is a prime example of one size most definitely does not fit all. SMEs should seek vendors that are known for delivering the most reliable, safe, secure, cost-effective, flexible and scalable solutions. That means the vendor’s product design must start by understanding the specifics of workloads. And because workloads can vary dramatically, the vendor should offer a broad set of storage solutions where each product has clear intent and exceptional value. Whether you require all-flash NVMe for high-performance, cost-effective block storage for backup, scalable and highly flexible NAS or compliant ransomware protection, you must be able to trust your vendor to deliver reliability and cost-effective quality.

And in today’s dynamic, highly competitive and even potentially dangerous data management environment, you must further employ a solution that empowers you to move your data seamlessly and safely to where it needs to be. The solution should support vendor agnostic data migration, data replication and data synchronisation across mixed environments including disk, tape and cloud. And it should provide the capability to transfer millions of files simultaneously while protecting data in transit with SSL encryption.