Should you consider outsourcing your storage administration?

Managing a complete storage infrastructure is complicated and time consuming, and training staff to understand the complexities of your data storage and administration policies and equipment can be expensive. Often it can prove more cost-effective to consult an external data specialist to set up and manage the whole process for you if your in-house team is struggling, so could it be time to consider outsourcing your storage administration?

Staff expertise and training

How much do your staff know about establishing and managing a complete storage infrastructure? The chances are, many of your staff, although they might have a decent understanding of the job that needs to be done, are not up-to-date with the latest data protection compliance and could be missing optimisation opportunities and potential compliance issues.

Educating your staff and equipping them with the skills they need to make the most out of your network can be expensive, and if turnover is high, this can become a significant cost. If you seek external input for consultancy or for a fully managed storage solution, you remove this potential cost, condensing all of your costs into a single, easily managed package.

Security

In today’s business environment, cyber security is more important than ever before. With fines of up to €20m or 4% of annual turnover for data breaches, UK businesses can’t afford not to consider their cyber security. On top of this, over 80% of SMEs consider themselves to have above average cyber security defences, although nearly three quarters of these businesses reported at least once breach in the last year. This shows the level of impact that the new GPDR data compliance will have, as many businesses who think they are secure may still not be compliant.

Seeking the expertise of a specialist data management firm ensures that your business has the tools and knowledge it needs to earn the Cyber Essentials certification, ensuring continued compliance and security.

Downtime

Ultimately, the impact of downtime goes beyond the measurable impact on cashflow, having a negative effect on reputation and customer loyalty, damaging your public image and reducing the likelihood of customers giving referrals and recommending business.

Downtimes can sometimes be unavoidable, and can have a disastrous effect on your business. If you are running off an in-house data storage solution, downtime can mean having to cease all business operations, whereas with a dedicated storage host or management company, the extensive backup and recovery measures that they utilise will ensure that you never miss business as a result of downtime or hardware failure.

If you are interested in finding out more, get in touch with one of our data storage specialists on 0845 075 5566, and we will be happy to discuss the options available to you and offer a consultation to discover areas for improvement within your network.

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