Data Storage Solutions

Today’s data storage landscape is constantly changing with new technologies

Choose Storcom For Your Data Storage Needs

Every business has different needs and requirements for their data storage. This means that a company doesn’t need to rapidly transition to flash or completely alter storage strategies overnight simply because the industry says to do so. It is possible to reduce storage management complexity and optimize your organization’s data center across its workloads over time. Storcom can help you leverage the right storage options to transform your data center’s capabilities and gain a competitive advantage for your organization.

Storcom knows the storage landscape. We have been part of the storage industry for more than 20 years and have evolved as storage technologies have advanced. We know storage and we have invested significant resources into understanding and analyzing the storage landscape. Storcom believes that we can help you reduce the risk and the time it takes for you to select the right data storage technology for your current and future IT needs, since we test all storage solutions and use them in-house and in our data centers.

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Storcom Offers Best-in-Breed Technologies

Storcom been early adopters of the most powerful storage options in the industry. We offer the best data storage technologies from our partners to our clients.

Storcom Does It All

Storcom has the expertise to architect, implement, manage, and support the right storage solution for our clients’ current workload environment and align it with business objectives to make the most impact.

Unparalleled Support

We offer 24/7/365 support for our clients. You can rest easy knowing that you will always reach a dedicated Storcom team member in your time of need.

Take the first step towards IT data storage transformation

Storcom understands that data storage needs are on the rise across all enterprise sizes, and this trend appears to be continuing.Adapting to data growth and the necessity to store it not just a matter of selecting storage management software or data storage solutions, but rather finding an IT service provider that best understands your company and your data’s needs. Storcom doesn’t simply sell you a solution, we do a deep-dive into your environment to ensure that the IT storage solutions we provide are best suited for your company.

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Notable Information on Storcom’s Data Storage Evaluations

Storage Area Network Needs

Our SAN solutions offer dependable performance with the flexibility to scale. Leveraging a number of different Storage technologies to find the right class \ tier of storage for your data needs.  Choose from a variety of storage models, including block and file-level access.

Network File System Needs

Storcom can manage the location of all your file systems on volumes. When a file system outgrows the space on its volume, then it needs more space. An activity in a file system can be so large that response time slows, so the file system needs to be managed. Since file systems can span volumes, and adding files and extending existing files, Storcom can help manage your file systems to free up IT resources and time.

Performance Requirements 

Storage is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Determining the right storage for your company’s needs is difficult and many vendors only look at quantitative benchmarks like input/output operations per second (IOPS), latency, and throughput. Storcom understands that you need to look at qualitative measures in order to give a comprehensive analysis of an organization’s storage needs. We look at the utility of various storage features and also their ease of use. We want to make sure that you are easily able to access your data whenever and wherever you need it.

Data Protection Needs 

Data growth is becoming one of the greatest challenges in information technology.  Storcom provides flexible, scalable solutions that can grow with your complex data needs. We provide multiple tiers of storage, from ultra low latency high-performance flash storage to deep archive storage with a cost model that makes sense for your data needs. We also provide the tools to analyze your data to determine exactly the right kind of storage that should be utilized.

How You Can Expand Your Company’s Existing Data Storage

Small-to-medium enterprises are experiencing tremendous growth in data. As a result, data storage expansion is necessary at times. In order to prevent data retrieval from becoming a pain point for your company, you need to work with an IT service provider that understands how, when, and where you access your data. A company like Storcom can set tiers for your data, and classify its importance in order to save you time, money, and headaches down the road.

Expanding your existing storage might seem like a daunting task; however, Storcom strives to make this process as painless as possible and ensures that your data storage needs have room to grow. Whether it be upgrading your data center, update your storage area network, enabling your evolution to the Cloud, or mirroring your data across two different locations to ensure continuity, Storcom can help! We understand that companies who prepare for growth and implement innovative data storage technologies have a competitive edge over their competition.

How You Can Protect Your Storage From Ransomware

In this day and age, ransomware is becoming more and more common. The statistics on ransomware are startling. Most organizations cannot withstand operations during or after a ransomware attack. The upfront cost of paying a ransom demand is crippling to an organization; however, the unquantifiable toll of damage to a brand’s reputation is something else to consider. Don’t let yourself become paralyzed or lose your business entirely because of ransomware. Storcom’s Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™(LLT-link to page) can help you protect your company from ransomware by walking you through the process to achieve the following:

  • Installing active and up-to-date endpoint protection, antivirus, or anti-malware software solutions
  • Deploying a storage solution that implements point-in-time copies
  • Installing anti-data encryptors, which can prevent malware from blocking your access to your data
  • Installing anti-spam, which is paramount for reducing an organization’s exposure to email-borne threats like suspicious links, infected downloads, malicious downloads, malware-filled websites, etc.
  • Installing backup storage solutions for your files either in the Cloud or on-premise
  • Promoting malware awareness and security training to help your company’s employees recognize the types of emails to avoid and which websites are safe to visit

Data Storage Solutions FAQS

Learn more about data storage solutions with Storcom’s comprehensive library of definitions and Frequently Asked Questions.


Is My Data Storage Protected in the Event of a Disaster?

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Not necessarily. The safety of your data is dependent upon a number of different factors from storage methods, firewalls, encryption, backups, how your company’s users are accessing the data, and a host of other variables.

Data protection is defined as the safeguarding of your organization’s important information from corruption, compromise, or disaster-induced loss. It is one of the most overlooked aspects of information technology. With Recover by Storcom, your data is always secure. We use best-in-class security vendors to ensure that your data is always available, even in the event of a disaster or ransomware attack.


What’s the Difference Between Tiering and Caching?

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While “storage tiering” and “caching” are often used interchangeably, especially when discussing flash media, they are actually two different processes with different definitions. “Tiered data” resides on one media but moves between media as patterns of data access change. “Caching” places a copy of data on a high-performance mechanism like solid-state memory or dynamic RAM in order to improve performance. Cached data ultimately also resides on a lower storage tier like a hard-disk drive, while tiered storage moves data to a different storage mechanism and selects a location that adjusts availability, performance, and cost of storing the data.


Why is Storage Tiering Important?

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Storage isn’t completed by just storing more and more data. Categorizing and identifying your data and information is equally as important. Storage tiering is paramount because it can be costly if done improperly. If your company is spending money on data that can easily be archived instead of “always on,” then your overall IT spend might not be properly optimized and other activities may be suffering as a result. If some systems takes hours to trawl back with data and information that you need, then your overall business might not be optimized properly. Storcom can help you tier your data to save you money and free up your IT team’s time and money. We understand the special sauce in IT storage: simplifying, standardizing, and automating your data storage infrastructure so you can focus on business instead of the technology that supports it.


What Tiered Storage Solution Do I Need?

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Each company is different with respect to data storage. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and you should be leery of companies who say it is. Storage is unique to each individual company. One company, even in a similar industry, may not have the same data storage needs as another.


What is “hot data”?

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Hot data is data in which a company needs to access frequently. It tends to be business-critical or mission-critical data in which access needs to be rapid. Hot data tends to be stored in Tier 0 and Tier 1.


What Are the 5 Types of Tier Storage and What Data Do They Store?

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Tier 0 is defined as the solid-state memory-based storage used to improve performance beyond that which Tier 1 storage offers. Tier 0 storage had traditionally been in the form of a RAM disk which was quite costly; however, that is changing.

Tier 1 is where “hot data” (the data that businesses need to use daily) is stored, and that may be contained in either flash (solid-state) or hard disk drive.

Tier 2 is typically backup data that is stored on hard disk drives (HDDs) or in a cloud.

Tier 3 archives content that was conventionally stored on older hard-disk drives or digital tape drives. This data is rarely accessed but needs to be stored indefinitely.

Tier 4 tends to host the most amount of data for compliance requirements. State and federal civil courts often require companies to produce old emails and documents that sometimes go back years, and so old data needs to be preserved. This data does not have to be accessible immediately, therefore it can be stored in less costly manners.


What is Tiered Storage?

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Tiered storage assigns different categories of data to different types of media with the goal of reducing overall storage costs. Tiered storage architecture ranks data in a hierarchy based on its overall business value. Performance and cost of the media determine the tier in which the data is placed. Also, data is ranked in a tier by the frequency in which the data is accessed by users. Typically, the most important and business-critical data is paired with the fastest storage media, thus it is the most expensive. A traditional configuration has a fast tier of flash storage in order to achieve performance, and secondary data that is less critical may be kept on tape, disk, or in the Cloud. Archive tiers are composed of data that needs to be kept indefinitely.


What is Storage-as-a-Service?

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Storage-as-a-Service is a business model where companies lease or rent its storage infrastructure from another company in order to store their data. Nearly 100% of businesses use some type of cloud-based Software-as-as-Service (SaaS); however, it is estimated that only 30% of IT organizations are using Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS). This method can save companies money since they only pay for the space they use, and don’t let precious resources go to waste.


What is Cloud Storage?

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Cloud storage is the newest IT trend in storage; however, make no mistake: cloud storage is here to stay. Companies of all shapes and sizes are migrating their data to cloud systems in order to handle expanding data requirements. Some organizations use the Cloud to supplement local server storage, other organizations see the scalability and economical practicality of getting rid of on-prem data centers entirely.

Think of data storage like traditional storage. If you have too much furniture in your house, but you don’t want to get rid of it, then you can move it into a self-storage facility and free up your living space. This is the same with the Cloud. Organizations can move their data to the Cloud, thus freeing up space on-premises.


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