Why Should Secondary Data Be Your Primary Concern?

Exponential data growth has led to organisations becoming more data-driven in the decisions they make. As data is the fuel that powers modern organisations and provides crucial insights that shape business outcomes, protecting it from being lost or stolen, retaining it for long periods to satisfy compliance and regulatory requirements, and ensuring that it is constantly available and recoverable when you need it most, are vital.

Many solutions out there do a decent job of protecting data. However, as organisations take on more point solutions to protect, share, and analyse information, they encounter one serious issue – these solutions are creating redundant copies of primary corporate data, causing their secondary data repositories to grow exponentially and out of control!

This includes data across all applications, residing in backup storage systems, disaster recovery environments, test and development clusters, and archival for long term retention, on-prem, and in the cloud. According to IDC, the total data in the environment measured over the total amount of production data quantifies as the “copy data ratio”. The higher this ratio, the more the organisation has to spend in terms of time, effort, and cost to protect its valuable data.

In order to minimise the copy data ratio and gain operational efficiency and agility, what modern businesses need is a solution that can eliminate the fragmentation in data protection (especially among incumbent solutions) in order to allow them to gain visibility and control over all of their data copies!

They need a modern data platform that is designed to manage all of their secondary data. The platform must be able to provide the following:

  • Eliminate complexity with a unified platform for end-to-end data protection – First and foremost, it has to integrate backup, restore, replication, DR and failover/failback orchestration, and eliminate the need for complicated point products. Data protection management needs to be simplified and achieved through a set of policies that specify application SLA requirements, all via a single pane of glass to drastically reduce time and overheads. This way, managing data protection can become as simple as assigning policies to Virtual Machines and applications based on business requirements, for instance.

  • Ensure fast Recovery Points and near-instantaneous Recovery Times – In today’s era, where applications and data have to be constantly available and RPOs and RTOs are inching ever closer to zero, time is of the essence. Your data protection and management solution has to be fast, highly scalable and reduce the burden associated with managing restore processes – all while minimising the impact on performance and consumption of storage.

  • Support for 3rd party backup applications – The modern IT environment is all about freedom of choice, because let’s face it, not all solutions can provide everything that an organisation requires in backup that suits their specific requirements. Your platform has to be able to provide flexibility in supporting and integrating seamlessly with other backup applications. This allows you to avoid vendor lock-in, buy what you need today and scale up as your data grows with the benefit of leveraging the latest technologies in the market.

Cohesity Data Platform is able to provide all this. As the only hyper-converged platform designed to manage secondary data, it provides a scale-out, globally deduped, highly available platform to consolidate all secondary data which includes backups, files, and test/dev copies. Cohesity Data Protect provides a complete backup and recovery solution that is fully converged with the Cohesity Data Platform, allowing businesses to not only simplify backup infrastructure but also eliminate the need to run separate backup software, proxies, media servers and replication.

Cohesity Data Platform is helping businesses usher in new technology to achieve their data protection business objectives. Not only does it provide a robust data protection strategy that delivers improvement in backup or recovery speed, but it also has better economics than incumbent solutions.

To find out more about how you can protect your secondary data in today’s increasingly complex IT landscape, read this white paper by Cohesity.

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