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Delving Into Data Storage: Self-Storage Operators Find New Ancillary Income and Help Customers With Computer Backups

Cary F. McGovern Comments

Data storage may sound perilous and complicated to some self-storage entrepreneurs. It’s a service few facilities offer. This article de-mystifies data storage and explains why you should consider it as an ancillary for your business. If done correctly, the service can be simple, inexpensive and a consistent money-maker with little or no risk. 

Simply put, data storage is the safe-keeping of computer backup information on media such as tape or an external hard drive. All business owners should back up their computers daily, and many do. Computers hold a business’ operating and accounting system, client history, contracts, documents, spreadsheets, presentations—all vital records. This data is required to continue the operation in the case of a disaster.

There are several options for data backup and storage. The great majority of businesses use a small local area network (LAN) with two or more computers running off of a  file server. The information is collected into various databases and, at the end of the day, should be copied to a backup medium. Media options include tape (the most common until recently), external hard drives or online backup services such as electronic vaulting (e-vaulting).

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