Why Data Center Storage Matters in Florida More Than Ever in 2019

The importance of data storage

Organizations are producing more data than ever before. As it rolls in, it’s being mined and analyzed in the hopes of finding some meaningful insights that can be used to help an organization save time or money—or better yet, both. But organizations are also facing challenges in storing all their data and protecting it at a reasonable cost.

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As a result, many are taking their data off-site or finding a provider that can better meet their needs.

Data Center Storage Offers Innovation and Provides Competitive Advantage

Most organizations know that those who understand their data—and use it to the best of their ability—come out on top. So with the strategic value of data quickly escalating, data centers are innovating to meet demand. The most visible change in data processing models is in storage architecture. Savvy data centers know they need to evolve to keep up with data-intensive application such as analytics, or to process Internet of Things (IoT) data. This has given rise to Converged Infrastructure (CI) and Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) which allow organizations to consolidate compute and storage like never before. In addition, flash storage technology is being employed to better handle the magnitude of data rolling in.

Florida organizations that don’t store their data with a storage center offering these capabilities—or continue to maintain on-premise storage—are likely to find themselves stretched thin managing massive amounts of data. They’ll also be less likely to be able to leverage their data, falling behind their competitors.

Data Center Storage Can Save Money and Offer Data Protection

Data centers were once focused on Fortune 500 companies in markets like New York, San Francisco, and Dallas. But the high cost of land, energy, and labor in those markets—along with demand from smaller organizations that didn’t want to offload their data such a great distance—made data centers diversify, and now many have come to Florida. But what about those hurricanes?

Just over a week ago, Hurricane Michael left a trail of destruction across Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. It was the first Category 4 hurricane to ever make landfall on the Florida Panhandle, and “the worst storm” that area has ever seen, said Florida Governor Rick Scott. But organizations need to remember that there’s natural disaster risk anywhere—wildfires and quakes out west, blizzards up north, and tornadoes in the midwest, to name a few. But reputable data centers in Florida are prepared, with raised floors, power backup, steel walls built to withstand Category 5 hurricanes, and Disaster Recovery planning. So, Sunshine State organizations considering moving storage off-premise or from one vendor to another need not look out-of-state. Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville are all popular locations housing data centers, and less expensive than other major markets. “[A lot of Florida data center business] is from local Florida organizations,” says Stefanie Beaubien Williams, an analyst at 451 Research.

As 2019 approaches, it’s important for Florida organizations to evaluate their data center (and if they’re still using an on-premise model, to consider moving to off-site storage). Data mining and analysis is important, yet it can be difficult to unearth any insights when you don’t have the storage capacity to hold it all or you’re more concerned about storage security and expenses. Is your organization considering a vendor switch or a move from on-premise data storage? DSM, Florida’s predictable cloud, can help you make the move—while offering superior storage innovations, disaster protection, and economies of scale. We work with dozens of top Florida organizations, such as Florida Southern College and the Florida Department of Agriculture, and we’re ready to go to work for you. Contact one of our IT experts today to learn more.

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