Achieving True Business Resilience Starts with Solving Mass Data Fragmentation

According to IDC’s Worldwide Future of Digital Infrastructure 2021 Predictions, by 2023, a mandate for uncompromising data integrity, security, governance and trust will lead 80% of enterprises in creating a single, company-wide data management strategy to break down all data silos.

Why is this becoming such a priority for businesses?

As they continue on their digital transformation journeys, businesses are becoming more data-driven than ever. Data offers the tremendous potential of enabling modern enterprises to improve processes, solve problems, understand customers and make better decisions.

However, there is much to be done before they are able to get to that point. Mass data fragmentation is one of the biggest stumbling blocks towards data-driven success. This is where IT systems – such as backups and archives, file shares, object stores, test and development systems and analytics – are producing fast-growing secondary data volumes across a number of different locations, infrastructure silos and management systems.

Mass Data Fragmentation Leads to Missed Opportunities
Very often, data in an organisation is fragmented across and within silos as it is consumed by different business units and lines of business, in varying formats, each with differing policies, governance and guidelines in managing these silos. These bring several issues, such as:

  • Inefficient and redundant deployment of human resources across the organisation.

  • Inconsistent data management policies; especially around areas of data protection, data retention and data governance.

  • Under-utilisation of data as a critical business resource.

  • Dealing with diverse, expensive and complex legacy requirements for product backups, target storage and long-term data retention.

IDC goes as far to suggest that this data sprawl or mass data fragmentation often represents one of the largest missed opportunities (or headaches) for organisations – as it results in them losing their ability to interact and utilise data for market expansion, customer segmentation or introduction of new business models – all hallmarks of business resilience.

As such, integrated, multi-cloud data management platforms will be at the heart of enabling organisations to break down the silos, as they offer benefits like:

  • Fewer backup/recovery products utilised across the organisation, as functions such as discovery, classification, replication, protection, recovery, security, and access can all be achieved through an easy to manage and “always-on” platform.

  • Heightened data availability, and with that, better SLA attainment.

  • Better data utilisation, which benefits business leaders across the entire organisation.

When It Comes to Data Silos, Legacy Data Approaches No Longer Cut It
For organisations that continue to apply legacy approaches and data solutions, mass data fragmentation will become a huge thorn in their side as they face issues like rising and uncontrolled storage costs, operational inefficiencies, increased complexity in data management, security and compliance risks and the inability to fully utilise the value of their data.

Due to legacy solutions that are unable to cope with the requirements of the digital era, data would then become a burden for them to bear, instead of a competitive asset.

That is why a modern, comprehensive and unified approach to data management is needed in order to gain this crucial visibility and control over data. Multi-cloud data management company Cohesity has developed a revolutionary approach to tackling the issue of mass data fragmentation with its Helios solution.

Cohesity Helios can dramatically simplify the management of all data and applications, wherever they reside – be it in the data centre, the public cloud or the enterprise edge. It features a SaaS-based, single-user interface that is equipped with global indexing and search, with built-in machine-learning across a global data governance and compliance footprint. This means the platform can provide global operational insights and actionable recommendations so that companies can meet their business SLAs and regulatory requirements, and improve business continuity.

Unlike legacy point products that are inflexible and may even exacerbate the challenge of mass data fragmentation, Helios enables businesses to consolidate silos into a single platform and simplify global management with its ability to:

  • Manage all Cohesity clusters from a single user interface.

  • Generate global reports for deeper visibility.

  • Search and take actions across a global footprint.

  • Orchestrate cluster upgrades.

  • Proactively plan for future business requirements with capacity prediction.

Data will continue to grow exponentially, which means that organisations will be faced with an insurmountable problem of protecting this data if they do not take steps to mitigate the problem now. In that respect, Cohesity delivers unlimited scalability, a key element for modern organisations that need to achieve data resiliency at scale.

Cohesity is a solution that is born in the cloud era, which makes a world of difference. It has a cloud-native architecture that is designed to combine the best of enterprise and cloud stacks, meaning it can uniquely manage multiple protocols and workloads with NFS, SMB, S3 and even containerisation support. It also supports a broad range of modern databases, from NoSQL, MongoDB and Hadoop to Oracle, SAP HANA and more.

Now, this fully integrated platform, which supports a full range of use cases together with proven enterprise-class data management capabilities, is also available in SaaS form with Cohesity’s turnkey Data Management as a Service (DMaaS) offering with AWS. This provides organisations with yet another consumption option to experience modern data management in a more convenient and flexible manner.

A Modern Way to Protect Your Data From Being Held Ransom
On top of all that, ransomware is one area that legacy solutions were definitely not built to handle. In today’s era of unrelenting cyber attacks, organisations that fail to prevent a ransomware infection and get systems and data back up and running quickly will suffer catastrophic consequences.

To prevent the backup from becoming a ransomware target, Cohesity goes beyond AES-256 encryption and role-based access with capabilities that rapidly detect and recover from attacks, featuring:

  • Ransomware attack detection through machine-learning-based anomaly monitoring.

  • Multi-factor authentication, ensuring only authorised users can gain access to mission-critical data.

  • Immutable file system enhanced with WORM (Write Once, Read Many) to prevent modification of backup data.

  • Global search and deep visibility to identify infected backups and prevent reinfection during a restore.

  • And most importantly, flexible and rapid recovery at scale to minimise downtime through Instant Mass Restore.

In ensuring comprehensive security of enterprise data, Cohesity is currently one of the few, if not the only, solutions that meet the most stringent requirements of data protection laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and is certified under the Malaysian Common Criteria Evaluation & Certification (MyCC) Scheme.

Achieving true business resilience has never been simpler with Cohesity Helios. To learn more, click here.

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