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Ensuring Your Data Storage Solution is Fast Enough



The scale at which data is being created on a global scale is challenging the ability of global networks to keep up. When the industry achieved technology that could handle bandwidth of 40-100 Gbps, there was agreement that this should be a benchmark that holds us. However, with data movement expected to increase in the years to come by as much as 100 to 10000 times current rates, faster and more efficient modes of accessing data across networks are continuously under development. Organizations that deal with large levels of data and utilize managed data storage solutions drive this innovation in their constant pursuit of faster access to the information held on their service providers’ systems.


Start by Maximizing Your ISP’s Upload Speed

Between your network infrastructure, your ISP connection, and the upload speed your data storage service provider is capable of handling, there a lot of factors that can affect just how quickly you can upload or download information between your own servers and those of your service provider. However, there’s a huge imbalance built into the system - depending on your ISP, much of your bandwidth can get tied up in uploading files, especially when modern business practices can produce file packages as large as several hundred Petabytes. This is because on average, upload speeds are roughly half of download speeds. On a 10 Gbps LAN, it would take more than 12 days to upload 1000 Terabytes of data.


As fiber optic connections become more prevalent and ISP’s expand and upgrade existing copper-based networks with the faster medium, it is possible to achieve much higher speeds that make a fully offsite, cloud-based solution viable. However, access to these networks capable of upload speeds in the 500-880 Mbps range is still limited in many areas.


Mixed Data Storage Solutions Provide Best “Speeds”

Managed data storage solution providers don’t strictly work via uploaded backups through online connectivity. In order to expedite and ensure the ability to offer full, end-to-end disaster recovery services, many service providers off removable hard disks, onto which full file backups are loaded, and the drives are then picked up and transported back to the service provider’s facility as part of the service agreement. These drives are then backed up manually on the provider’s servers. Downloading backups in this way is almost 1,000 times faster, while restoring the data can be 300 times faster. This hybrid service then would entail small, fast daily updates taking place over the company’s Ethernet connection, while larger backups can be scheduled out and picked up on a regular schedule depending on the nature of the data.


Your Business is Only As Fast As Your Service Provider

As data management becomes a more complex process, clients and data storage service providers must develop very agile solutions to managing data in order to maintain the ability to service clients. While this does mean ensuring ISP speeds of both your operation and that of your data storage service provider are adequate to handle scheduled uploads of some of your files, it also means ensuring your service provider also has a local backup strategy in place in order to fully round out an effective disaster recovery plan. If you want a partner you can rely on, contact SANDirect for options!

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