Today organisations need a lot more than traditional backup/restore in their data management arsenal. Most companies have realised that their Data is a real tangible asset to the business, they’ve gained value from this data and their business would simply not function without it.
Not so long-ago Data Management consisted of the business ensuring its critical data was backed up to tape media and those tapes were sent off-site for safe keeping. Backups were done on the actual server to either a local tape drive or over the network to a tape library. Once the backup was complete the data collected was very rarely accessed unless there was a need to restore lost or corrupted files. If a restore was required, tapes were recalled from the warehousing agency, and files would be restored the following day. Managing and administration of tape media was generally assigned to a junior member of the IT team who physically collected the tape media and sent them offsite for long-term retention – which usually meant forever – simpler times!
Backup & Disaster Recovery Today
The backup and recovery component of data management has seen considerable change in the past number of years and now most companies have moved away from traditional tape media and the administration overhead that it brings. The cost and burden of managing physical tape media and storing them in a warehouse or fire proof safe has gone.
Tape is being replaced by backup to disk in the primary Datacentre with secondary or long-term copies of backups being shipped offsite in deduplicated and compressed format to a less expensive, more convenient or cloud storage repository. This ensures data can be restored immediately without having to recall physical tapes from off-site locations or warehouses.
For most organisations Data is also growing at a velocity not seen before – that velocity is only increasing year on year. Not only is the speed in which data is being created increasing, business transformation and the modernisation of IT has brought about new levels of data volume and several new and unique data types. The data growth rate experienced by most customers, and therefore the associated cost with providing primary storage, has been a major concern for most organisations. Implementing a good Data Archiving policy is the best data management strategy utilised to combat the data growth phenomenon.
Digital transformation and IT modernisation efforts are changing the way IT runs, how data is created, and most importantly, how that data should be used and managed.
Counteracting Data Security Breaches
The transformation to data driven businesses only continue to highlight how priceless data can be for achieving business goals and making smarter decisions. With the value of data skyrocketing – so too does the potential for external risks and security breaches.
Over a third of global organisations say they have experienced email phishing attacks in the past year. Ransomware and malware are not new concepts – however their threats are growing stronger.
The importance of Disaster Recovery (DR) cannot be underestimated. Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are integral parts of the overall risk management for every organisation. In the event of a disaster, the continued operations of your business depend on the ability to replicate IT systems and their data to your DR location quickly and efficiently.