Today's businesses generate more data than ever before. Not coincidentally, IT has never been more critical to the success of a small business. Luckily, the per-gigabyte cost of hard disk drives and associated storage technologies has never been lower, while the advent of technology such as cloud storage offers even greater opportunities to do more with less.

For many small businesses, though, their backup and storage strategy hasn't caught up with their more pervasive use of computers. This could be due to confusion about the various storage options, or a failure to understand that the old paradigm of the occasional batch backup is no longer adequate.

6 Common Data Storage Solutions
Rather than go into every single storage technology that's available today, it's better to evaluate the various categories of storage options.
1. Direct attached storage
2. Network attached storage
3. Disaster protected storage
4. Online storage
5. Private Cloud
6. Offline media
2 + 1 = Data Backup Best Practice

For critical data, businesses should make two full copies, maintained on separate physical devices. In addition, a third copy should be kept offline, preferably stashed at another location.
Having two complete copies offers some measure of business continuity, allowing organizations to continue with their business as usual even with the complete loss of one set of data.
While no business likes to think it would hire someone with destructive tendencies, former employees have been known to turn vindictive. This can be especially deadly for smaller businesses, where a small team often means everyone have access to almost every facet of the IT systems. That's why it's best to keep that "plus one" copy offline, at a separate geographical region and out of their reach. Having the copy in a separate physical location also protects a business from fires, floods and other localized natural disasters.