An important aspect of looking after a business if to make sure that all our precious business data is being passed around efficiently whilst being kept safe from landing in the wrong hands. This has been made easier over the years with the advent of the internet which is making old methods such as holding paper records into folders to become obsolete; instead being replaced and classified under the digital format.
The ability to instantly and simultaneously send a document to different people around the world has changed the business landscape and increased our productivity. No longer do people need to wait on information to make it through the post; things now happen in real-time. However, this convenience comes at a price. Digital information is susceptible to being intercepted and stolen; and increasing its access only makes it more prone to events of data loss. Luckily for our businesses, there are solutions we can use to make sure that important data is backed up safely.
RAID: the safest method?
RAID stands for ‘Redundant Array of Independent Disks’ and is a method which consists in storing the data on multiple hard drives. Not only is the data spread but it is also duplicated across those drives. By doing so, this allows our array of hard drives to keep all our data safe even if one of the hard drives crashes. RAID recovery is then made possible should things go wrong and a RAID system will be able to get restored with the help of qualified professionals.
RAID: pros & cons
The RAID method can be seen as the equivalent of not keeping all your eggs into the same basket. Unlike keeping all your data into the same hard drive, you can recuperate the data if one of the hard drive fails. This offers businesses a great safety net and reduces the potential for any data loss to occur in the advent of hardware failure.
Another advantage of using RAID is that it can offer improvements in the speed at which people access the data. Rather than many employees using the same hard drive at the same time (which will slow down that drive’s performance), the info is spread around different drives so those drives are under a lighter work load, making them perform faster.
The only real downfall of using a RAID system is its cost. Naturally, using an array of disks will be more expensive than just using the one drive. Adding the fact that it takes technical expertise to put together and run a RAID array means that a business using RAID will need to employ a qualified network technician; which will add further to the cost of running the business.
The bottom line is…
Running a RAID system will require expertise, as well as proper staff training, but this can be said about most data storage methods. Ultimately, the human factor will always matter a lot and it is in the interest of a business not only to use the right data storage method; but more importantly to ensure that their staff is capable of using such system. Combining both of these important factors is essential and will ensure that you do not lose your vital business data.