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5 Pitfalls in Data Protection Strategy

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5 Pitfalls in Data Protection Strategy

Exploring a variety of data protection solutions, from physical to virtual and private clouds to public clouds, while ensuring scalability of the company, is a long and tough journey filled with pitfalls. Here are five pitfalls to avoid at all costs in developing an effective strategy for data protection.

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The new digital era requires that the data protection strategy must not be limited to a simple backup and recovery system. The evolution of data center requires disposing of a solution for protecting data to which companies can entrust their business and career.

A well thought out data protection strategy is a key differentiator for your business because it helps you with following points:

  • eliminate complexity and access interruptions to IT services
  • reduce inefficiencies within the team and operating expenses
  • make faster decisions on reliable information and reflect strategically
  • accelerate the return on investment

Exploring a variety of data protection solutions, from physical to virtual and private clouds to public clouds, while ensuring scalability of the company, is a long and tough journey filled with pitfalls.

Here are five pitfalls to avoid at all costs in developing an effective strategy for data protection.

Adapt to New Technologies and Save Yourself by Falling to the Wayside

When you stop being a cost and finally promote the company’s activity center, it requires a more agile responsiveness to business user’s needs and risks. The rapid adoption of new technologies, whether virtual machines or deployment strategies in the cloud, is a way for IT to respond quickly to new requirements. But this can lead to new inefficiencies if we keep using basic solutions for our data protection.

According to Gartner, “Enterprises need a global protection strategy to manage the diversity of data and workloads via a solution or a single platform, and should avoid multiple points of solution, which can cause higher cost and more time wasted. Choose a unified platform for data protection with the flexibility and scalability to meet current and future needs of your business. Contact a supplier, such as Xorlogics, recognized for its expertise on classic environments (on-site) that virtualized and cloud, always at the forefront of technological developments.

Save Your Staff Productivity

Companies today are struggling with huge data volume and colossal infrastructure deployments and are growing, weighing heavily on the budgets and IT staff capabilities. According to ESG, “64% of IT budgets are used to ensure the proper function of existing operations, often by doing as we have always done.” Now we all understand that it’s difficult to meet new demands when one spends so much time on routine processes. Migrating your home media servers to integrated backup appliances is a way to recover a lot of work hours which you can use elsewhere.

Indeed, home media servers mobilize time, either to acquire, install and integrate, manage, apply their patch, or update. In addition, to which provider do you contact in case of problems, integrated appliances enable you to consolidate multiple disparate point products and thus increase the effectiveness of your team and the use of resources. So we suggest you to select a provider that allows you to choose an integrated appliance. This will save valuable time for your IT staff, who can then devote to more strategic projects. Studies show that it is normally possible to reduce 30% operating expenses (OpEx) and return on the initial investment in 15 months. 

Impossible to Protect What We Can't See

For many companies, Oracle is the leading database solution. But in many cases, the team responsible for the implementation and the responsible for data protection has no visibility on their mutual process. If the database application and data protection software are not closely related, both teams can see what the other is working on. This can lead to gray areas where the team responsible for data protection isn’t able to know if backups have been made and where they are stored, while none of the two groups has full control on Data protection.

Knock down those barriers through an integrated solution providing backup administrators and those databases the same visibility of data protection, with self-service functionality to maximize their effectiveness. Look for a solution that allows Oracle administrators to continue to use their preferred tools and provides backup administrators the expected visibility.

Stop Wasting on Unnecessary Licenses

Every transaction has a cost, whether withdrawals in ATMs, credit cards, or of holding checking accounts. But some companies even pay software license fees to create additional copies of their own data. Does it sound logical to you? What’s reasonable for us is ONLY to pay for the data you want to protect. One must be able to make as many copies they want of their data without paying any extra fee for it. Unfortunately, many providers charge back-end treatments every time a backup is performed or even a copy to another location — one is forced to pay additional license fees.

It is quite unusual since the purpose of a backup is to have several doubles in multiple locations. Claim software licenses calculated based on the front end capacity you want to protect. In addition, you must have separate licenses for software and hardware in order to best protect your investment. Independent software licenses give you the flexibility to redeem your licenses from a home media server and appliance or move them to a new or larger appliance. This dual approach allows you to say goodbye to unnecessary spending on software licenses and prevents you from buying these licenses whenever you upgrade the hardware platform

Modulate the Degree of Protection

Today, companies have very little visibility into their data infrastructure — they are unable to distinguish between important and simple data. This produces considerable inefficiencies since all data must be treated equally, whether it’s customer’s data or just employee’s personal videos. It is extremely difficult to have a strategic reflection and improve the effectiveness of data protection if all the data must be protected in the same way. Companies need to have visibility and understanding of their data to manage and protect them in full knowledge of the facts. Knowing where the data resides, know their type, identifying their owner and seniority are all factors of prime importance. This knowledge can improve the efficiency of your team and reduce costs, especially for primary storage and the one dedicated to data protection. Look for a solution that already includes an understanding of the type of data you have to avoid excessive or unjustified charges. And choose one that fits your backup solution in order to follow easily the continued growth of your applications and your data. 

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data protection ,bigdata

Published at DZone with permission of Aisha Javed. See the original article here.

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