The need for storage grows inevitably year on year, and, for many, that growth is accelerating, said Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, speaking as Wick Hill announced it has signed a contract to distribute Imation scalable storage solutions for SMEs.
Once it was large enterprises that were faced with storage issues, but now SMEs are moving into the big data world and having to face the same problems as enterprises, such as how to securely store large volumes of data, how to access that data quickly when needed, how to provide for disaster recovery, and how to fulfil compliance requirements.
Many SMEs are confused about storage, said Kilpatrick. They may have terabytes of data and are struggling to decide what to do with it. Some are still stuck in the dark ages with tape, and all the disadvantages of tape. They know there must be a better way.
Some are contemplating moving to the cloud. For others, the cloud is too big a leap and they want something in between tape and the cloud, which maybe keeps their options open to use the cloud further down the line. They also want something thats easy to use, flexible, scalable and cost-effective. Imations scalable storage solutions are aimed squarely at the SME market and solving such SME storage dilemmas.
For example, ground-breaking backup appliances such as Imation DataGuard use hard drives, removable RDX disk cartridges, replication, and cloud storage to provide up to four layers of data protection in a single backup infrastructure, providing maximum flexibility.
We selected Imation as they are market leaders in storage with over 50 years experience. Imations experience and expertise have gone into delivering a range of exceptional scalable storage solutions which provide enterprise-class quality at SME prices.
Maurice Stewart-Ashley, sales manager UK and Ireland for Imation Europe, said: Wick Hills expertise in working alongside SME and departmental IT managers to resolve real world challenges in storage and security is a natural fit for our award winning portfolio of scalable storage solutions.