You’re overdue for a data protection checkup

 In Hardware, Storage

Data is among the most valuable assets for any organization. And collecting, storing, and securing internal and external information only grows more important as the amount of data flooding in continues to rise.

Securing that data from hardware failure, natural disaster, malicious activity, or erroneous deletion can be challenging, especially if your data protection systems and processes aren’t functioning at their highest level. Given the speed with which data stores grow every day, it’s important to periodically audit and reassess your current data protection systems and determine whether an upgrade, refresh, or consolidation could better assist your organization in guarding your content.

Here are the four areas to review when evaluating your data protection solution.

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Disaster recovery

Ask yourself this simple question: What would you do in a disaster? If a crucial database goes down or a storm knocks out power? If you can’t answer with a concise account of your disaster recovery (DR) system’s methods, you need a new solution.

DR is the cornerstone of an effective data protection system. Organizations can choose from a broad range of DR solutions to restore data, including site-to-site replication and offsite cloud storage. Examine your company’s requirements, from the length of backup retention periods to the cost of your current solution. For smaller organizations, cloud-based storage might be the most cost-effective option, while larger entities might want greater control of the applications protecting their information. By periodically reviewing your DR options, you can ensure you have the best system to prevent loss of data or downtime.

Product consolidation

How many data protection solutions do you have in place? It’s easy to end up with a patchwork of data protection systems. You might begin by housing data on internal servers, then pour customer information into the cloud, then onboard a third party for backup management, and before you know it, you’re herding 10 different platforms. This mishmash of solutions typically opens the doors for redundancy or data leakage, and can boost administration and infrastructure costs.

If this is you, it’s time to eliminate redundant systems and decrease administrative overhead by consolidating your data protection. Take stock of the solutions already in place and make the move to a single enterprise-class solution.

Server and storage refresh

Where are you in the lifecycle of your servers and storage? If they’re nearing the end of their life, your licenses are nearing renewal, or your storage is close to full, start thinking about a refresh. With mountains of incoming data, it’s easy to overwhelm servers and cause internal slowdowns or shutdowns, especially when the equipment is aging.

If you’re in that position, look for purpose-built, all-in-one appliances that include hardware, software, and storage and are designed solely for backup. These appliances increase storage efficiency by shrinking current data through deduplication procedures. Companies can also implement either disk storage devices or tape libraries to expand storage.

Backup as a Service (BaaS)

Is your organization struggling to maintain backups? Do you lack the internal knowledge or manpower to manage and support your data protection solutions? That’s OK. Instead of stressing over backups, look into BaaS providers. These third-party vendors can implement and manage on-premises, off-premises, and even hybrid backup solutions to alleviate strained IT teams.

The need for data protection vigilance

Unfortunately, data protection most often gets attention when something goes wrong. In the age of big data, however, this approach isn’t sustainable. Instead, routinely assess your data protection solutions to ensure they’re meeting your current and future needs.

Data protection is not just a one-and-done process. Keep tabs on updates, renewals, and licensing agreements to ensure you’re using the latest and greatest technologies. If your organization needs to reassess its data protection system, contact your dedicated SHI account team for help in choosing the right solution for your company.

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