It is a tough decision for any CIO to implement the right solution to ensure that the company’s data is always well-protected. In today’s 24x7 business environment, companies of all sizes are very dependent on the IT systems for business operations. Loss of data could impact their productivity, and in the worst case, loss in business revenue.
After deploying the right data protection solution, it is an ongoing concern for the system administrators to see that the deployed solution is able to continue to prove its ability to protect and make available its systems, applications as well as all associated data. IT budgets are not growing, but businesses are certainly creating more data and deploying more applications, operating systems or platforms. Add to the complexity of this maze is the ever increasing demands of the business, from recovering a single corrupt file to recovering the entire data centre.
In addition, the right solution for today may not meet the requirements for tomorrow. There are many solutions on the market that focus in on one specific area of data protection, while different applications have different requirement for RTO and RPO which are very much dependent on the business needs. Managing & making those point products to work together further increases complexity of the environment.
To overcome the complexity of the IT environment, it’s time to look at simplicity.
· A solution that can offer multiple technologies to meet different RTO and RPO goals as compared to buying multiple point solutions that don’t work well together or can be difficult to integrate.
· A solution that supports a wide range of IT environments. Physical and virtual; servers and workstations; DAS, NAS and SAN; tape and disk; local and remote resources; etc.
· A solution that offers local, remote and cloud deployment and scales with the evolving needs of the business.
· A simple, yet powerful solution that is easy to deploy, manage and maintain to help improve IT productivity.
· A solution that fit into the IT budget and business requirements. It must have the flexibility in pricing and licensing to best match the environment and budget
Regardless of the business size or complexity of the IT infrastructure, we recommend customers look for a single solution that not only simplifies the maze of data protection complexity today, but also provides comfort knowing that it will also protect the ever-changing requirements of the business in the future. It provides both traditional file-based tape backups and image-based backups. The advantage of image-based backup versus file-based backup is to help speed up backup and recovery performance or to perform more frequent backups.
In current times, to comply with the business demands, regulatory compliance and other regulations, it is not necessary to make copies of the backups to tape just to be able to take them offsite for disaster recovery purposes. Look for a solution that utilises real-time replication technology with backup. Such an approach will make it possible to help migrate backup data to the DR site, or even to cloud for disaster recovery purposes. This eliminates offsite physical tape rotation, helping reduce the risk, cost and time.
For business critical systems, the solution must have the ability to provide local or remote high availability to minimise unplanned downtime, which traditional backup solutions are incapable of – thus preventing server and storage failures. And by integrating remote high availability with virtualisation technologies, building a disaster recovery plan with high expectation in terms of RTO no longer requires huge investment. Even SMEs can go with enterprise-level disaster recovery by engaging managed services, or subscribing to public clouds for system failover and remote access in case of disasters or data centre outage.
About the author
Caddy Tan is Regional Sales Director, Southeast Asia for CA Technologies' Data Management Business Unit. He has more than 15 years of Asia Pacific sales and marketing experience, and has built a strong track record in building and leading a combination of direct, indirect and OEM, and business development operations for leading high tech organisations.