A recent Financial Times longread delves into datacenter storage use, e-waste, data security and Big Tech’s reuse practices (or lack thereof). We share a related tech tip for the rest of us.
How data is stored and where we use it isn’t exactly the same as it was 10 years ago, let alone even a few years ago. For 2022 multiple things are in play from technological advances to our data storage needs as well as general market forces. Here’s 4 storage tech trends to watch this year from HDD & SSD competition, to storage capacities, flash memory and the pandemic effects on data use.
As the year begins we look at trends in the digital storage world, projections for the market and technologies that will impact how data is stored and used in 2021.
This wasn’t data overboard but data submerged! After two years resting on the ocean floor off the coast of Scotland, Microsoft researchers have retrieved an underwater data center to see how it fared.
The latest IDC Data Age 2025 whitepaper The Digitization of the World (from Edge to Core) is available now. We’re breaking down some of the key points in the report for you.
Each day CBL Data Recovery deals with multi-drive servers and RAID arrays which have crashed causing panic, crippling data loss and potential financial loss to the companies who are dependant on those files. According to a recent IDC report, while worldwide server shipments were up 2.9% in 2014 the number of midrange servers jumped 21.2% driven on companies’ goals of consolidating IT infrastructure and taking advantage of the new virtualization environments available. Translation: more and more small and mid-sized businesses are putting most of their day-to-day business needs [eggs] into a single server [basket]. Virtualized environments give business the look and feel of having several different servers, functions and operating systems separated while actually running off of the same hardware. You can have the company file share on one server, accounting and CRM on another, and online order tracking on another – yet all these services are running from one physical machine.
The small and mid-sized business segment is also the group that, unfortunately, ignores their IT investment the most. For the most part small and mid-sized business will not have a dedicated IT department. At best, it might be a couple of tech-savvy employees who also have other day-to-day responsibilities to take care of. Perhaps it’s the lean market times we live in, perhaps it’s an over-confidence in their own abilities, or perhaps it’s the apparent simplicity of running a server which contributes to the decision of not investing in maintenance or bringing in a managed service provider or IT specialist on a regular basis.
A story we hear frequently at CBL by both IT groups and managed service providers is that a new small or mid-sized client called them after a server crash and the client has no idea how or why a failure happened. The situation has often gone so awry after multiple attempts by the client to rebuild a failed RAID array or restore incomplete or old backups that full recovery is impossible. Let’s take look at some of the hard truths behind these situations.
With the rise in popularity of cloud-based data storage, more people are asking where and how information is actually stored by cloud providers. More precisely, what exactly is the ‘cloud’, and how secure is storing and sending information through the virtual network? It’s important to have a basic understanding of how your information is being handled–particularly the aspects of a service provider that you should be cognizant of in order to ensure the safety and privacy of your data.