Spring Cleaning Tips to Optimize Your Data Storage

By Adam Burnham | March 27, 2017

Despite the late winter storm that rolled through Boston and much of the East Coast this month, Spring has sprung. For organizations, this is an opportune time to take stock of existing data assets, examine cloud and physical storage solutions, and establish or refresh your disaster recovery plan. By regularly re-evaluating your data storage plan, you can ensure your business and employees are operating as effectively as possible.

Not sure where to start when cleaning out the proverbial cobwebs? Here are our top enterprise Spring cleaning tips:

Focus on the Cloud – With so many different cloud and data storage solutions on the market today, it’s easy to get inundated with different applications and services distributed across your networks. But some careful Spring cleaning can help solve that. By ensuring that you have the right cloud solutions in place that are designed to handle specific workloads – whether that’s business critical or archived data – organizations can better maximize IT performance, reduce upfront capital expenses and increase speed to market.

Solidify Your Disaster Recovery Plan – Whether you’re preparing for natural disaster or you’re safe-guarding your data in the face of overwhelming cybersecurity risks, having a fool-proof disaster recovery plan is key. As part of your Spring cleaning routine this year, review your plan and make adjustments as needed. Focus on infusing some diversity to limit the exposure to any single location being hit by a natural disaster, as well as partnering with third party service providers who can guarantee your data stays safe and always available. By doing so, your business can continue operating without losing time or critical information.

Realign with Employees – Regardless of how optimized your data storage strategy is, your employees play an integral role the success of your business, so make sure they are informed of any new changes you’ve made to cloud or physical infrastructure services. For IT personnel and other critical network employees, this means briefing them on updates to BYOD policies, disaster recovery plans and more. By updating employees at the same time you’re re-evaluating your data storage strategies, you’ll make sure everything is aligned in one clean sweep.

How is your organization approaching its Spring cleaning efforts? If you’re interested in learning how Markley Group’s hybrid cloud, colocation and disaster recovery services can help improve how your business operates, shoot us a note at sales@markleygroup.com. Our team of experts would be happy to help you create a fresh data slate this Spring.