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SURYA VARANASI , CTO , STORCENTRIC

your IT infrastructure on an on-going basis . And last but not least , they are able to secure the very best price for your IT investment from proven technologies that you can trust .

T oday , most small and medium sized enterprises ( SMEs ) find themselves in the midst of an unprecedented opportunity to deploy new technologies that will propel them to new levels of innovation and growth . Advancements across the digital universe , combined with dramatic changes in how we work , learn , shop and live , have driven data creation to dizzying heights . However , in order to leverage this colossal amount of data , SMEs must have a solid IT infrastructure in place capable of supporting today ’ s business , IT and budgetary requirements , as well as flexibility and scalability to accommodate tomorrow ’ s opportunities .

One key strategy many SMEs find invaluable is to partner with a trusted advisor such as a systems integrator ( SI ), value added reseller ( VAR ), distributor , etc . that can help bring order to the seemingly infinite number of vendors and virtually endless choices of current , emerging and disruptive technologies . There are numerous benefits in working with an outside trusted advisor . To start , while nobody knows your business like you do – what has worked and what has failed – they bring a fresh perspective . An outside view can assist in moving past the way things have always been done and pinpoint areas that are ripe for improvement . Next , they enable you to focus on your core competency and keep your operations running smoothly , while they plan , source , coordinate , implement , test and even maintain
Whether working with a trusted partner or managing the entire process soup to nuts , the next step for an SME is to choose technologies that are real-world proven to grow as needed , when the SME ’ s business and IT requirements demand , and their budget allows . Certainly , data storage is a foremost consideration . It is a prime example of one size most definitely does not fit all . SMEs should seek vendors that are known for delivering the most reliable , safe , secure , cost-effective , flexible and scalable solutions . That means the vendor ’ s product design must start by understanding the specifics of workloads . And because workloads can vary dramatically , the vendor should offer a broad set of storage solutions where each product has clear intent and exceptional value . Whether you require all-flash NVMe for high-performance , cost-effective block storage for backup , scalable and highly flexible NAS or compliant ransomware protection , you must be able to trust your vendor to deliver reliability and costeffective quality .
And in today ’ s dynamic , highly competitive and even potentially dangerous data management environment , you must further employ a solution that empowers you to move your data seamlessly and safely to where it needs to be . The solution should support vendor agnostic data migration , data replication and data synchronisation across mixed environments including disk , tape and cloud . And it should provide the capability to transfer millions of files simultaneously while protecting data in transit with SSL encryption .

SMES SHOULD SEEK VENDORS THAT ARE KNOWN FOR DELIVERING THE MOST RELIABLE , SAFE , SECURE , COST-EFFECTIVE , FLEXIBLE AND SCALABLE SOLUTIONS .
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