Data Recovery Five Considerations – Just in Case

We recently helped a large client during a major data recovery (DR) project, pull all its essential systems back together after a serious fire disrupted the organisations day-to-day operation.

Close up of open computer hard disk drive (HDD)

Close up of open computer hard disk drive (HDD)

Once again, this demonstrated to us why this capability is essential, considering the reliance that most organisations have on their IT platforms. A hurdle we have encountered with a few projects is how the client views data recovery.  In the past, DR was seen as a big organisation’s requirement, due to the additional cost of redundant hardware ‘just in case’ the worse scenario happens. However, today there are a wider variety of solutions available, which has balanced the cost of investment, even for smaller businesses.

In an ESG Survey ‘Top 10 most important IT priorities for midmarket companies’

27% stated ‘Improving data back-up and recovery’ and 24% stated ‘Business continuity/disaster recovery programs’ were their priority.  This illustrates that many small and medium businesses are concentrating efforts to modernise their data protection solutions, in addition to updating their business platforms.

Five Key Considerations for Data Recovery

  • What does the organisation need to protect?
  • What kinds of recoverability should it plan for?
  • How can it reduce costs?
  • How long does it need to keep data?
  • Which cloud method or approach is best for the organisation?

Of these five key areas, we believe that ‘Recover-ability’ is central to planning data recovery. So understanding where data sits and how users rely on it, informs clients how the various modern DR applications work together to provide a cost effective and data effective recovery policy.

For example:

  • To preserve data for content-specific purposes, implement ‘Archiving’.
  • To recover data selectively or en-masse according to a range of previous timeframes, use traditional ‘Backups’ in a de-duplicated storage pool or contemporary tape or cloud solution.
  • To recover to near-current points in time, use the ‘Snapshot’ technology, using resident primary storage.
  • To ensure that data lives in more than one location, ‘Replicate’ it.
  • If certain data must always be accessible, employ ‘High-availability’ mechanisms on your servers and resilient storage.
  • If data needs to be recoverable from a remote office or other physically separate location, leverage the replicated copies for ‘Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery’. DR relates to the survivability of data, and BC takes the idea to its ideal conclusion by ensuring that the business never suffers a catastrophic outage.

Modern SMBs need the same kind of recoverability and reliability as their larger counterparts do, but without the complexity or cost that enterprise solutions are often marked by. Furthermore, SMB’s previously unmet needs have been exacerbated of late, as they embrace modern enhancements that reveal the inadequacy of legacy backup solutions.

For our client, which had the misfortune of a DR event, they had had the foresight to develop with Astec an integrated range of recovery options that effectively restored the operation of the organisation within SLA (service level agreement) timeframes and ensured that the operation continued with minimal disruption.

To discuss DR/BC requirements that will guarantee your continued access to essential data and ensure your organisation drives forward, contact us

Acknowledgement – ESG (The Enterprise Strategy Group, ‘Data Protection-as-a-service (DPaaS) Trends’.

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