Industry Insight: Why Data Protection is Changing

Full Summary:

Changes continue in IT with greater demands for storing increasing amounts of data, accessing faster for more productivity, and moving data across multiple environments. These changes break the current data protection practices focused making backup copies while the application is stalled, leading to potential exposure for businesses and organization. Changing the data protection strategy has been at the forefront of needs with the changing dynamics in information storage and management.

Data protection is the most basic requirement for an IT operation as the custodian of information for the business or organization. For the most part, the process of data protection has been an evolution with incremental changes and improvements as requirements and the amount of data continued to increase. At some point, the need to create a data protection strategy becomes evident due to unsustainable practices, failures with current procedures, or from externally forced changes such as consolidation or new data center deployment.

In developing a strategy for data protection, there are many considerations:

  • The data to be protected must be identified and understood as to source, owner, application, etc. For discussion purposes, these are identified as different types of data.
  • The requirements of the business or organization in regards to protection for both disaster recovery and recovery of data from failures such as hardware, software, operations, or malicious acts need to be researched for each type of data. Other factors such as security and compliance are equally important.
  • Solutions that meet the differing data type requirements must be evaluated not only for merit but also as to how it integrates into the larger-view data protection strategy.
  • Selection of a vendor or vendors that can provide the solutions necessary may be the most critical choice to be made and must be carefully evaluated.

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