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March 24, 2016

Smaller Enterprises Face Same Challenges As Large Companies - With Fewer Resources

Increasing amounts of data. Growing security concerns. More complex compliance standards. IT managers at small and medium enterprises have a lot on their plates. They face the same challenges and threats as larger enterprises but have to find solutions with smaller budgets and less staff.

Until recently, it was generally large enterprises that generated and needed storage for massive amounts of data. Now, as the Internet of Things continues to grow (recent Gartner research projects there will be 20.8 billion IoT-connected devices by 2020), smaller companies are starting to generate huge amounts of data. This data must be stored, managed and analyzed for it to be useful to companies—a daunting task for companies with limited resources.

Once the data is collected, it must be kept safe from data breach. Many smaller companies may think they are safe from attack because of their lower profiles, but that’s not always the case. As smaller companies begin to collect and store data that is valuable to criminals, those companies must simultaneously make certain that they are taking the proper steps to protect their data.

Finally, there are compliance standards that must be met, regardless of a company’s size. These standards include Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance to protect customers’ financial information and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) regulations that safeguard data that could be used to identify someone. These regulations and others never stop evolving, so companies must constantly monitor their systems to ensure they are compliant.

The complex (and time-consuming) nature of these challenges mean it’s often more practical for smaller enterprises to partner with a data solutions provider, like QTS, to help solve their data challenges. QTS offers a Managed Cloud solution that gives companies access to the latest security and compliance so their data is always protected. At QTS, we design our Managed Cloud to fit your infrastructure so you choose the services you need—and only pay for what you choose.

For more information about QTS and how we can help meet your company’s data needs, call us toll-free at 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.