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Help your SMB customers simplify with on-prem network attached storage

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by Peter Krass on 11/09/2021
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

Are your small and medium business (SMB) customers complaining that the once-simple act of storing data has gotten complicated? If so, make things simple again. Tell them about network attached storage (NAS), used on premises.

NAS devices are highly scalable, easy to access, compliant, secure and recoverable. The latest versions are equipped with powerful processors, meaning today’s NAS devices can do a lot more than just store data.

All that’s important now for your SMB customers. They’re coping with a decentralized workforce storing data from who knows where. Rising data requirements from new business applications. And the challenge of keeping data safe and secure from increasingly devious criminals.

What’s more, many SMBs are now also struggling with limited budgets and small IT staffs. That can make storage innovation seem out of reach, affordable only for bigger companies with deeper pockets.

Public-cloud storage may seem like the answer. Services such as public-cloud storage are easy to set up and use, and they’re seemingly able to handle any amount of data.

However, once you’re storing large amounts of data in the public cloud, the costs can rise quickly. And the average SMB now manages a whopping 48 terabytes, according to Accenture.

New NAS workloads

Today’s NAS devices are a lot more sophisticated than the ones you may remember. Offerings from OEMs including Synology and QNAP are fitted with powerful CPUs. These go all the way up to the Intel Xeon Scalable processors commonly used in data-center servers.

These CPUs mean NAS devices be used for new workloads. They include video surveillance with facial recognition, virtual desktops, multimedia and image compression.

Also, many NAS devices can take add-in graphics and connector cards. That lets you expand the capabilities even further.

Your customers can even use an on-prem NAS device for hybrid cloud workloads. The storage device can essentially act as a private cloud.

In this configuration, the NAS device can store secure data — for example, electronic medical records — privately and on prem. And it can also store “cold” data —information accessed less often — in the public cloud.

Get NAS training

Before you can talk with your customers about looking into NAS on-prem storage devices, you may need to get up to speed on the technology yourself.

If so, you’re in luck. Intel Partner University is now offering a Competency on this timely topic called On-Premises Storage Fundamentals.

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Competencies are deeper training curriculums that help you develop expertise in a specific product, technology or business segment. Complete a Competency, and you can also earn a digital badge to display on your website, in social media and elsewhere online.

The On-Premises Storage Fundamentals program comprises 10 courses. Of these, two courses provide an introduction. Then the remaining eight dive deeper into topics including virtualization, backups and fighting ransomware.

Intel Partner University is among the many benefits of membership in Intel Partner Alliance. Not yet a member? Learn more and register.

Learn more from an Intel infographic. Download it by clicking the link below:

NAS - The Sweet Spot for SMB Storage, Backup, Data Security and More.pdf
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