As an organization’s data needs grow and evolve, it can be quite easy for a data storage system to become disorganized and disjointed. It is common for various departments to adopt different types of storage solutions (i.e. disk, tape, etc.), while failing to properly label and file data.

This makes it quite difficult to locate important data and transfer it from department to department.

To help you avoid the same trap, we have developed the following guidelines:

1. Take a Step Back and Analyze Your Needs

Analyze your current data infrastructure and make wise decisions as to how you need to reconfigure and upgrade your storage technologies and methodologies.

For example, if you are archiving a massive amount of images, videos, and data, LTO tape may be an excellent option for keeping costs more manageable.

2. Develop Companywide Practices Versus Departmental

It is quite costly when one department has one set of technologies and protocols and other departments have their own. In the long run, as you data storage needs grow by leaps and bounds, finding common ground between departments will most likely become much more expensive and time intensive.

3. Labeling is Key

If you are archiving data on tape, it is essential that you set up a specific methodology for custom labeling all tapes. Numerous companies have learned the hard way how costly it can be when important data archives are lost due to improper labeling.

At Big Data Supply, we are often asked by organizations to help make data migration and labeling more effective. We invite you to contact our team with your questions and needs.

Our team can also help you:

• Find ways to cut down the number of tapes you are storing in-house
• Save money on new and used tape, disk array, and other equipment
• Gain cash for old equipment you want to get rid of

Contact our team via email or phone and we can help you get started on cleaning up your data storage environment!