Computer Stuff

One of the challenges faced by high-growth businesses is Information Technology, or IT. This broad category includes laptop and desktop computers, servers, file storage, internet service, phone systems, network gear, etc.

Large corporations have massive IT departments to support their systems. Solo operations can usually get by with a consumer-grade setup. Those in between need help, especially if you are growing quickly.

One of the biggest risks faced by a small business is data loss. Imagine losing 2 years worth of accounting records, presentations, emails, letters, and design files that took you hundreds or thousands of hours to create. The consequences range from painful, to disastrous, to business fatal.

One of the best ways to prevent data loss is to have your mission-critical info stored in what’s called a "RAID." It stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives. In its simplest form, your data is spread among a number of hard drives that work together to make sure that each bit of data is stored on at least two separate drives, so that if one dies, your data is safe. Great idea, but hard to manage if you aren’t a techie.

Blogging pioneer Robert Scoble alerts us to a new data-protection solution that might be particularly well-suited to small businesses without sophisticated IT departments. It is a RAID data storage solution that doesn’t require an IT expert to manage.

Check out the Drobo.

Andrew Field is President of, known by its thousands of happy customers as "America’s Print Shop." He works and lives along the Yellowstone River in southwest Montana.

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