4 EMERGING TRENDS IN DATA BACKUP AND DISASTER RECOVERY
For the modern enterprise, financial losses arising out of data breaches tell only half the story. The damage inflicted to the company’s reputation, brand equity and customer trust is far greater. In today’s digital era of hyper connectivity, ensuring data protection has, thus, assumed significant business importance. Organizations increasingly recognize the need to adopt the latest tools and technologies for maintaining data integrity, security and privacy. In fact, in each of the 17 biggest data- breach incidents to have been reported so far, streamlined data backup strategies could have reduced the resulting financial losses.
A vital component of data protection is data backup and recovery. In the event of a manmade or natural disaster, data redundancy and retrieval solutions can help enterprises defend, replicate or maintain their critical data. As companies across the board pursue digital transformation across their various functions, regularly backing up and storing data is no longer an option but an absolute necessity.
Yet, some enterprises still tend to under appreciate the role of data backup and recovery, since the true value of data is only revealed when it is needed or exposed. And since such incidents cannot always be predicted, organizations must institutionalize robust data protection mechanisms to safeguard themselves against unforeseen outages that can impact applications, servers, storage systems or even entire data centers.
As every new connected device adds a new channel for data to be exposed, the need for secure data backup and recovery is triggering a rethink of enterprise objectives. While the growing adoption of cloud-based data services is fueling the rollout of information backup solutions, the prevalence of traditional data silos remains a hindrance. Against this backdrop, various open-source platforms areemerging as an alternative for enterprises, even as they eye further maturity of data information models.
Here are four key trends playing out in the data backup and disaster recovery space:
A UNIFIED VERSION OF DATA BACKUP AND DISASTER RECOVERY
For years, enterprises have viewed data backup and disaster recovery as separate entities. But now, they exist hand-in-hand in a hyper converged platform that includes centralized backup, disaster recovery and archiving. This consolidation provides advanced data protection by provisioning Point-In-Time Recovery (PITR) capabilities that have hitherto been solely used in backup applications. Recovery point objectives have come down to seconds, so enterprises can effectively restore data from a point in time merely seconds before disaster strikes. Such a recovery strategy is superior to the earlier approach that revolved around a single data backup. It also delivers convenience, flexibility and economic value as IT investments can be diverted toward single and scalable hybrid platforms.
MOVING BEYOND MULTIPLE VENDORS, HYBRID CLOUD IS THE MANTRA
For effective data backup and disaster recovery, relying on a single vendor is now a thing of the past. Organizations are increasingly opting for vendor-agnostic models that help them spread out the risks of data breaches and security lapses. Hybrid cloud is at the center of this evolution. While such an approach may occasionally increase the complexity of data protection, it certainly makes information security more effective. In-house traditional backups have become vulnerable to external and internal breaches, so companies are turning to Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) models that require them to pay relatively lower subscription fees as and when required. Such license-based platforms, spanning multiple clouds, could be the future as they provide remote data management as well cost-effective recovery.
SOFTWARE-DEFINED STORAGE BECOMING A CHANNEL OF CHOICE
An Interop survey of enterprises found that when it comes to data storage and backup, 38% of respondents opt for virtualization or software-defined storage (SDS), with 31% already in implementation mode. Associated costs may be significant, but the benefits of SDS are unmistakable. By making archived data searchable, SDS improves data discovery and compliance for enterprises. It enables better performance of legacy infrastructure and servers. Thanks to the possibility of creating a new virtual server, recovering from disasters is simpler as the multiple copies of lost data can be replicated without manual restoration.
SSDs AND FLASH STORAGE BECOMING AFFORDABLE AND MAINSTREAM
Data storage has become much more intricate and risky over the last few years, and flash storage is an evolving concept that is further influencing enterprise data protection strategies. Solid State Drives (SSDs) that rely on all-flash storage have now become more affordable, and organizations are increasingly turning to them over traditional rotational drives due to factors such as speed, storage size and price. Going forward, these drives are poised to become even smaller with larger storage capacities – as seen in Intel and Micron’s ION series with capacities up to 7680 GB. This is sure to boost the way in which enterprises achieve efficiency, energy savings and speed with regard to their integrated data backup and disaster recovery capabilities.
As enterprises renew their IT expenditure strategies to meet the growing competitive demands of the digital era, data protection will continue to remain a key focus area. By automating data backup and disaster recovery mechanisms, organizations can reduce costs, mitigate data breach risks, and significantly speed up their essential data recovery strategies.
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