Small and mid-sized businesses often find themselves in an odd position. Short on resources compared to enterprises, they are forced to rely on consumer-grade equipment or barely better equivalents that are rebranded and marketed as being designed for their needs.
Fortunately, the situation is quickly changing, with Gartner predicting that SMBs are poised to exceed $1 trillion in IT spending by 2014. Computer makers ranging from Dell to HP are quickly waking up to the vast untapped market that small and mid-sized businesses represent, and are scrambling to create products with their wide-ranging and unique needs in mind. For now though, larger mid-sized businesses are forced to rely on IT equipment designed and priced for the enterprise.
Not all enterprise technology has to be exorbitant or be a bad fit though. On this front, Bernard Laroche contributed his opinions about the technologies that SMBs can consider adopting in a guest commentary on IT Business Edge titled "Not Just for Big Businesses: Enterprise Technologies the Mid-Sized Business Can Use."
Laroche is the senior director of product marketing for Symantec, and he wrote:
Mid-sized businesses should not be afraid to look at advanced technologies that deliver enterprise-class capabilities in the most time- and cost-effective way to help them meet the challenges of managing their information.
See if any of his suggestions meets the bill for your company:
Deduplication: Eliminates redundant data in backups, resulting in a dramatic reduction in the amount of data stored. In fact, I have written about at least two deduplication appliances targeted at the mid-markets in the past six months-from Quantum and IBM.
Archiving: Symantec has found it "1,500 times more expensive to review an expired document than to store it." So archive away, and stop wasting precious hours in looking at data that is likely to be irrelevant for the matter at hand.
Endpoint Virtualization: Use end-point virtualization to better protect, manage, and secure information that would otherwise be scattered across smartphones and desktops.
Laroche noted that mid-sized businesses can benefit from the above enterprise technologies, and that early adoption will give these businesses a jump-start. Do you agree?