The modern approach: Why NAS is the perfect fileserver for SMBs

The modern approach: Why NAS is the perfect fileserver for SMBs

Many SMBs deploy Windows file servers which are not always the right solution for a typical small- to medium-sized business: They‘re expensive and complex to administer, they require extra software for backup and disaster recovery, and they draw a lot of power. Today we’ll take a closer look at a popular alternative, Network Attached Storage (NAS). Protection included On a local scale, NAS protects your files from accidental file deletion, as well as malware and …

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I Don’t Need My Number 2 Pencil!

I Don’t Need My Number 2 Pencil!

Remember those shining, fluorescent yellow colored pencils with a number 2 printed near the eraser? Deep in my memory, I still have haunting thoughts of my middle school teacher barking out instructions ahead of the exams, “Take out Your #2 Pencils and get ready to color in the Scantrons”. Who can forget the days when the infamous #2 pencil ruled our world? A visit to your kid’s classroom these days shows a drastic difference between …

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Is Your Customer Data Safe in the Event of a Disaster?

It’s common for companies to make significant investments in products and services expecting an even more significant return. Disaster recovery, however, is a rare exception: It’s perhaps the only service in which businesses invest hoping it never has to be used. By not planning for the worst-case scenario, SMBs accept an unnecessary risk of losing critical customer data, and reputation and the bottom line along with it. Data needs to be backed up to a …

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Surfing from 30,000 Feet Above

Surfing from 30,000 Feet Above

I recently took a 6-hour United flight from Boston to San Francisco. Like many business travelers, getting on a plane meant that I was disconnected from my email. After 3 days of being away from the office, email had piled up, and needed to be answered. As I’ve done in the past, I downloaded all my emails before boarding and was ready to work offline. I expected to be all caught up when I landed. …

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5 Layers of File Protection – Part 2

5 Layers of File Protection – Part 2

In my last blog post, I explored the first three layers of data protection: having two copies, multi-disk protection against disk failure and unlimited snapshot protection.  These first three layers of redundancy are the most common; however as we discussed last week, more layers of protection means less risk for your business. It is important to note that most storage solutions may only offer one, two and in special cases, three layers of redundancy, whereas …

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5 Layers of File Protection – Part 1

5 Layers of File Protection – Part 1

In today’s world, having an effective data backup solution in place can be the difference between success and failure. As more data is being created than ever before, modern businesses need a higher level of protection. Whether it’s architectural drawings, customer databases or family photos, protecting information is important, and the key to keeping this information safe is redundancy. In my next two blog posts, I’m going to cover the 6 layers of data protection …

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Next-Gen File Systems Put Data Integrity First

Next-Gen File Systems Put Data Integrity First

There are quite a few storage vendors out there today, all looking to build solutions that meet the ever-changing needs of their customers. Each solution solving a particular need, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the choices and to determine how best to prioritize the file system features you need. Several years ago, our team at NETGEAR make a conscious decision to prioritize data integrity above all else. Digital data is more important today than …

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The Sky’s the Limit for 10GE Switches

With more businesses deploying cloud solutions and demanding more from data centers, the Ethernet switch market has seen a major jump in growth over the past year – and the trend is expected to continue. According to an article in eWEEK, which addresses a recent IDC market report, 6 million 10GE switch ports were shipped in Q2 2014, up 23% from the same time last year. What’s even more interesting is that even with a …

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Tips for Physically Protecting Your Data

Tips for Physically Protecting Your Data

I’ll be honest, I spend a lot of time talking about the best ways to safeguard digital data. On the blog last week, I wrote about ensuring stored data security through private remote access, and I could probably write a dozen more posts on that very topic. But there’s one area of data security that doesn’t get quite as much attention…physical data security. The truth is small businesses are often so worried about digital data …

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Optimizing Data Storage Security with Private Remote Access

Whether you’re a large corporation or a small local business, your organization’s data is more precious and valuable than ever. Gone are the days of old file boxes stuffed with paperwork collecting dust in a closet. Nowadays, nearly all operational and customer data is stored digitally on hardware devices, or even in the cloud. This ensures efficient access, organization and, presumably, safety. Today, network-attached storage (NAS) is a popular way to store and protect your …

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