Intelligent Data Centres Issue 3 - Page 35

FEATURE The importance of backups to prevent data loss cannot be underestimated – and in a world where there are serious penalties for the mismanagement of data, it’s crucial that organisations have a robust data loss prevention policy in place. Industry experts talk us through the importance of backups to ensure the resilience and security of data. he volume of data is expanding – quickly – and it’s only going to continue as Digital Transformation continues to sweep across the region. As their most precious commodity, it’s more important than ever that businesses and organisations have a strategy in place for preventing data loss, even if the worst does happen. We spoke to industry experts from Veeam and Quest about some best practice approaches to backup to ensure data loss prevention. Mohamad Rizk, Manager System Engineers, Middle East at Veeam The concept of backups is controvertible for businesses with a clear vision and strategy. Some executives will tell you that having a plan B means that plan A will never work. There is one type of backup option which is almost universally agreed on as being a necessity though. When it comes to file storage and applications, backup and replication is widely considered a given. In practice, however, the importance of backing up is sometimes overlooked – an error which no business should fall foul of. Whether it’s due to outages caused by hardware failure, cyberattack or user error, you always need a plan B when it comes to business continuity and protecting the availability of data. When disaster strikes, IT departments are under pressure to minimise the impact on employees and customers as much as possible and this is a continuous effort rather than a job which can be done once in a while. World Backup Day, which took place Issue 03 35