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Here is a partial list of the topics covered at storage.net.

Data Storage

storage.net covers all types of data storage media. Innovation in the storage industry is fascinating, and we are watching the trends and continuously searching for practical ways to profit from those trends. All kinds of storage media are covered here. A partial list of devices we discuss includes:

  • USB Flash Drives
  • Camera Memory Cards
  • Flash Memory
  • Hard Drives
  • Solid State Drives
  • Optical Drives
  • Floppy Drives
  • Tape Drives
  • Network Attached Storage
  • RAID Array Storage
  • and more…

Hard Drives

Of particular interest to us at storage.net is the hard disk drive. The hard drive has stood the test of time for portability and density. They are inexpensive to implement and can be simple to replace, given that proper preparations were made in advance. One needs look no further than the iPod to see that a portable device can store its data on a hard drive and can keep spinning while jogging! We have seen the hard drive capacity and density grow with every passing year. It is amazing to watch this device maintain its rightful place in the data storage universe.

With several notable exceptions, the hard disk drive can be found in most desktop and laptop devices. The exceptions are interesting, and are watching the industry as the edges are being pushed in every direction. Adding additional capacity with an external hard drive has become a trivial matter with USB hard drives and FireWire hard drives available for most every computer and operating system.

Data Recovery

All of the media we cover are susceptible to failure of one type or another. Hard drives have one of the most mature recovery industries standing in wait to recover your precious un-backed-up (is that a word?) data from your drive for you. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to recover lost data files from a hard drive, depending on what caused the data loss.

From the accidental erasing of files and directories to failures caused by fire or other natural disaster, to hardware failures, each type of data loss requires varying levels of data recovery techniques. Human error losses can often be recovered with data recovery software that goes block by block through the drive and reconstructs a directory and file structure for you. Depending on the operating system and how the file system stores the data and depending on how much was erased, this can be a short process of just a few minutes, or a very long process, taking hours to go through an entire drive.

Data loss caused by damage to the drive requires special skills and special clean rooms to properly recover the data. Fortunately, there are professionals across the country that can recover data for you, depending upon the nature of the drive failure.

Online Storage

Online Storage is particularly fascinating as network bandwidth increases. Cloud computing and cloud storage are still being worked on as issues related to reliability and security are worked out. And then there are the legal entanglements and requirements. Encryption and other security measures are needed to keep the ball rolling in this direction. As a primary source of storage, online storage is and interesting topic, worthy of our attention.

Online Backup

Online backup should be considered by anyone responsible for implementing a disaster recovery plan. Even recover from human error is a simple matter with a good online backup strategy. It may take a while, depending upon the amount of primary data lost, but having an off-site/online backup system in place can make nearly-total to total recovery possible.

Backup planning is simple and complex, depending on the systems that you are backing up. For the single personal desktop or laptop computer, backups can be as simple as automated regular backups to a drive attached to your network or directly to your computer.

Backup strategies for servers in the Data Center require careful planning and implementation. From the single server in a small office or home office, to the multiple racks of servers in an enterprise data center, careful attention to backup strategies will keep a business from failing in the event of disaster: natural, accidental, intentional or otherwise.

Other Topics

Other topics we cover include making storage work for you. We will also cover strategies for keeping your data with you, or having your data available to you when you are on the road. What happens when things go wrong, and planning for a disaster before things go wrong are topics that can seem boring.

Other storage topics that we will touch on, while they may not be in the electronic data storage category, are nevertheless important to business and we will touch on them as sub-topics of our main discussions. These may include:

  • Business File Storage (paper!)
  • Self-Storage (yes, this can be part of a complete storage strategy on a local level)
  • Records Management
  • Shredding Services
  • Data Destruction and Data Shredding
  • Inventory Storage
  • Off-Site Storage
  • Tape Storage (where are you going to take those backups?)
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Disaster Planning

As you can see, we will touch on many Storage topics. This list is by no means exhaustive. We look forward to bringing the latest and most practical information on a variety of storage topics. We will highlight vendors that can do the job for you, when DIY (do it yourself) storage is not the answer.

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