This is the third, albeit very short, in a four part series covering storage considerations for a new business computer. For an introduction to the series, please see this post.

The more storage you have, well, the more information you can store in terms of documents, music, pictures and videos.

The required amount of in-built storage for a computer cannot be determined in isolation of the overall storage capacity for a business, they are interlinked, with the below just a few of the considerations:

  • Does data need to be stored in a central location so that it can be shared between users?
  • Is access to data required when away from the office, or only in the office?
  • Will local computer storage be backed up centrally in case of computer loss or damage?
  • How often will you backup data, and for how long will you retain backups?
  • Is real time access to the data required?
  • Will data of a certain age be deleted or archived?

Consideration of the above questions will influence the in-built storage capacity required on a computer. Guidance on the above is beyond the scope of this series, but I do hope quick the list provides a basis for understanding the storage you may need for a computer.

If in doubt, check how much storage you use today, then buy more computer storage than you need, as the amount of free storage also impacts storage speed. Also, understand if the storage can be increased, and if not, definitely buy more storage than you need.

The final post in this series, will focus on storage protection: backup and recovery; replication; and, encryption.