Most business organizations are seeing a rapid increase in their need to store large amounts of data. Indeed, by some measures the rate of such growth may be more than 30 percent per year. One traditional solution to the need to store more data has simply been to add on more and more storage modules. Unfortunately, this is not the most efficient and cost-effective way to handle increasing storage needs. If a business increases their costs of storing data at the same rate at which data itself expands, the long-term effects will be an ever-growing transfer of resources away from traditional business operations into IT.
Other solutions exist, however, besides simply cobbling on additional hard drives. Cloud storage is one option that allows a business to make use of the efficiencies of scale inherent to cloud computing. Many of these efficiencies result from the fact that many companies may be sharing resources in a cloud environment. Another reason why cloud computing promotes cost savings is the financial structure generally used: a pay as you go arrangement rather than a front-loaded need to purchase all hardware in advance.
Another option is virtualized storage, which allows employees in a business to access virtual storage areas that can be created on the fly as needed and eliminated when no longer in use. An IT consulting firm can provide invaluable assistance to businesses that wish to explore their options with regard to storage solutions. IT consulting firms can provide cost breakdowns and case studies that will help businesses to make the right storage decision for the future.