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Need Space?

If your server is filled to the brim with data, a network-attached storage device can help make some room.

This story appears in the January 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Your server is a reservoir that holds one of your most valuable assets: data. When those important-but-amorphous bits and bytes of information start to overflow the container, it's time to go to Plan B.

You could take your server offline and add hard drives. But between IT labor and lost productivity, your soft-dollar costs will far outstrip the price of the hardware itself. And the way databases are ballooning nowadays, those could be recurring expenses.

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