Networking is, in most people’s mind, about moving data around computers but it is also about storing that data securely. In the past two years, we have seen an explosion in remote or offsite storage solutions from many, if not all, of the main players in the market.
At the same time as hard disk prices continue to plummet, their capacities have been shooting sky high, meaning that an investment in offsite storage solutions can now make plenty of sense.
Not convinced? Disasters and catastrophes can occur anywhere and at anytime. Ask those businesses which were affected by the recent oil depot explosion how many had invested in off-site storage solutions.
Of course, depending on how much data you want to store, where you want to store it, and how often you want to access your data and how quickly, there are a profusion of solutions on the market, some of which can be implemented within a few minutes.
The cheapest way to get offsite storage is to get an account from Google’s Gmail and then use an online system like xmailharddrive to store your more precious data on the 2.5GB available to you.
If you do not have access to broadband, or don’t want to rely on it, you can always invest in a stand alone NAS (Network Attached Storage) appliance, which offers more privacy, greater storage capacity (one terabyte for under £1000) and redundancy, if you use RAID.
If you haven’t jumped on the offsite storage bandwagon, then make it your priority for January 2006.