Benjamin Franklin, who famously said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," isn't normally associated with small business storage. But if old Ben were around today, he might add data growth to that list.
According to a recent survey by analyst firm Gartner, 47 percent of companies ranked data growth in their top three challenges. And that is surely the case for nearly all small businesses. Gone are the days when a few PCs or a handful of servers were enough. These machines typically fill up fast and when they do, performance takes a horrible turn for the worst. So what can you do about it?
While there are many expensive and highly sophisticated options, this article focuses on really cheap solutions, most of them less than a thousand dollars. They may not be perfect for all SMBs, especially those with well-manned IT departments. But they will certainly ease the burden in many firms.
For small business with more complex data storage needs and a mature IT setup, we've included a couple of higher-end (and higher-priced) boxes. They may not seem "affordable" compared to other options listed in this article, but if your business requires more sophisticated features, these options deliver at a very reasonable price.