Intelligent Data Centres Issue 3 - Page 38

FEATURE management ecosystems, with many businesses now exploring hybrid IT and multi-cloud strategies, IT departments have more plates to keep spinning than ever before. This can also be seen as a blessing. In the age of the cloud, businesses are not reliant on a single point of failure and can create virtual backups to remote locations for every packet of data they produce. This has to be balanced against the privacy protocols and value of certain data, as well as considerations such as budgetary constraints and business priorities. To strike that balance, businesses can ensure that data is available at all times by having a robust cloud backup and disaster recovery strategy in place. After all, some data is more important to backup than other data. Mission-critical data and applications should be backed up continuously. Unplanned downtime is referred to as such because it can strike at any time. So, backups need to be running as and when data is altered to ensure that the fundamental information and systems on which the business relies can be recovered DATA VOLUMES CONTINUE TO GROW EXPONENTIALLY, AND THE PAST 12 MONTHS HAVE SEEN PREVIOUSLY- HYPED TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS CONTAINERS AND IOT BECOMING MORE MAINSTREAM WITH WIDESPREAD ADOPTION. 38 Issue 03 to the state they were in when an outage of fault occurs. Solutions such as Backup-as-a-service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) provide continuous protection to business continuity. Using op-ex based pricing, the ‘x as a service’ model allows businesses to pay for services based on what they use, rather than making restrictive capital investments up-front which lead to IT wastage. Crucially, organisations need to see their backup and recovery services as a fundamental part of their wider data management and cloud strategy. Veeam Availability Suite provides a holistic solution for backup and replication to the cloud and disaster recovery, delivering availability across all workloads – virtual, physical and cloud – from a single management console. Awareness of the value of data is on the up, so IT managers should take a moment to reflect whether their backup and recovery strategy is fit for purpose and in line with their business continuity needs. Given that the demands on data availability in the digital business continue to evolve, having a future-proofed infrastructure is a must for modern enterprises. Adrian Moir, Senior Consultant, Product Management, Quest While individual users may still need reminding to backup their files, we’re at a point in 2019 where most businesses have seen the impact of ransomware or data loss, often first hand, and understand the importance of backing up business critical data. The real problem we see all too often though is that organisational backup strategies aren’t evolving quickly enough. Data volumes continue to grow exponentially and the past 12 months have seen previously-hyped technologies such as containers and IoT becoming more mainstream with widespread adoption. With this new structure of an organisation’s computing assets and new types of data needing to be protected, it is no longer a case of just backing up everything in the same way. There is no ‘one size fits all’ Adrian Moir, Senior Consultant, Product Management, Quest when it comes to backup and businesses need to take a smarter approach. Customers and employees continue to demand seamless access to data and internal stakeholders want the business to achieve this while being cost-conscious. Therefore, businesses need to take a long hard look at their current backup strategy and decide whether it can not only ensure the level of service internally and externally in the event of a disaster, but that it is as streamlined as possible and able to keep up with the scale of growing data volumes. If businesses could take one thing into consideration following this year’s World Backup Day, it should be a fundamental switch in thinking. Don’t view backup as an afterthought. Build comprehensive data protection into every new development in the business. This concept of data protection by design is far more than simply a ‘nice to have’, it’s a ‘must have’ and a fundamental stipulation of the EU’s GDPR. GDPR is also famously broad when it comes to the definition of a data breach, including any incident which affects the availability of personal data; incidents which can be mitigated by a robust backup and recovery strategy. With data holding so much value to businesses and individuals alike, the way it is handled can make or break an organisation in 2019. ◊ www.intelligentdatacentres.com