Office Storage Facility for Small Businesses

Small businesses usually occupy small office spaces which can get pretty crammed and stuffy over time. As your small business flourish, you accumulate assets and bring in new office furniture, equipment, storage cabinets and drawers. You work your way around your tiny office and struggle with your growing collection of files, documents as well as defective office equipment which you can no longer accommodate. For such storage issues experienced, an office storage facility is the perfect solution for small businesses.

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With a limited work space, you should outsource your overflowing items into a safe and secure storage facility to free up your office space. When looking for a facility where you stock and store your equipment and work-related documents, search for one that is temperature controlled and insured for flooding. Check out storage spaces around your location for you to know if it’s within a flood-prone area, you may find really low rental costs yet the location not very ideal. Apply for flood insurance if you want coverage and to protect your property for possible water damage. Temperature is also an essential factor when renting out office storage facilities. Dampness, too much heat and humidity may damage your documents, wood furniture and electronics.

Your office storage facility should also have excellent security systems to ensure that all you files and documents will not be lost or stolen while it is kept in storage. Most facility provide standard security locks such as quality padlocks and keys, but there are also others that offer more sophisticated security systems such as biometric locks and key card access.

Physical visit to storage facilities when you are searching for one will also assure you that it is well maintained, clean and organized. Storage facilities offered to you should be vacant, cleaned and sanitized before your items are delivered for storage. Clean storage environment discourage pest and rodents from hiding in your storage space.

Reasonably priced storage facility is an attractive factor especially for businesses with limited budgets. Shop around and canvass a facility that will fit all you requirements – the size, location, security, cleanliness and maintenance and of course, the price. Make comparisons on the offers different facility managers. If possible visit the location as you might have unreasonable expectations which cannot be offered at a certain price. These companies can make arrangement for your specific requirements at reasonable price adjustments.

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NAS Storage Systems and the Threats to Data Integrity

New Threats to Data Ignore NAS Storage Systems


As a society we have this belief that digitally stored data is functionally eternal. When NASA recorded data from a Mars rover and stored it on old tape, when companies send essential legacy data for offsite storage, when we migrate non-essential files from a home NAS storage system to CD-ROMs and DVDs for safekeeping, there is the assumption that it will be there in five or ten years when it’s needed. But as widespread computer ownership nears its third decade, more entities are finding that physical degradation is a major problem. No matter how well a business manages the data in its SAN storage, the risk of an old drive dying remains.

Running the headline “from Bits to Dust,” Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek blog took a look at the issue of the various modes of data loss and what they means for individuals and businesses. The fundamental reality that everyone must come to grips with is that current storage technology has a shorter lifespan than we used to believe. Tape from the 1970s and 1980s may already be beyond repair. CDs and CD-ROMs can reach complete failure conditions in as few as five years, and five to ten years is the accepted life if this medium according to manufacturers. Removable storage is often exposed to moisture and magnetic radiation that causes sometimes-irreparable damage.

This reality should have one immediate impact on the business world hoping data removed from its NAS storage systems and SANs is safe; it needs to reexamine the storage and physical nature of all essential older data and assess the risk of loss due to physical degradation. Tape is unreliable, even newer tape, unless fail-safes are in place. Hard drives in tier three storage need to be monitored closely and protected. So the message is old in some ways. Redundancy of essential data is essential.

There are other ways we are losing our data as well. Storage formats like the floppy are increasingly difficult to access, even when they are in perfect health. And the process of continual data migration is far from infallible. Even using the newest technology, companies across an array of industries have begun reporting remarkable data integrity compromises just from the process of transferring it from one drive or storage medium to another. When these losses are not caught before the original drive is overwritten, the loss is as permanent as when a CD corrodes. There are software solutions that improve fidelity, but the risk is there. Again, the lesson should be caution and redundancy when dealing with mission-critical data, whether it’s financial records, customer account information, or the chemical structure of pharmaceuticals.

Data loss is a little bit scary, partly because we’ve been led to believe by manufacturers and the drum of the digital age that digital conversion is the secret to immortality. Convert a book, scan a photo, backup an email, and you will be able to access it forever. But from the smallest home computer user to enterprise level NAS storage systems, the picture is much more complex and vulnerable. Maintaining essential data requires data redundancy strategies be applied to archived data just as it is to current, mission-critical files.

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