Data protection is something that seems so simple, all you have to do is copy data from primary storage to secondary storage. The process becomes complex, however, as you add requirements like backing up live data non-disruptively while also enabling rapid recoveries. In short, backup complexity is increasing. Now data protection includes backing up hundreds of virtual servers and managing out-of-control unstructured data growth. The biggest problem is that the typical “solution” is to throw more hardware and software at the backup process. This only increases complexity and therefore it is time for a fresh approach.
There is nothing wrong with improving data protection through improved software and hardware products. But there needs to be a foundational process that provides a purpose for these products. Implementing this foundational process is the focus of our upcoming webinar, “Three steps to Backup & Recovery Success“. This webinar will introduce you to a process (Service Level Objective Driven Data Protection) that we have taught to over 1,000 IT professionals like yourself.
The first step in this process is to understand the what is causing the backup problem. Most IT professionals are “living” this problem day to day, but understanding the full scope of the problem is critical. First, there is the expectation now that critical applications will never go down. Second, there is the widespread adoption of virtualization. Finally, there is the explosive growth in unstructured data caused more by machines and devices than humans can possibly manage. Each of these impacts the data protection process. To blunt that impact, the typical reaction is to buy more hardware and software.
The first step is to step back and understand what exactly the requirements are for each application and data set. How frequently do they need data protection to occur? How soon does the application or data need to be back on production storage? Is retention of that data important? Each of these questions should get a different answer for each application or data set. Not all data needs instant recovery, nor does it need to be retained forever.
This webinar will teach you how to gather this information without getting bogged down in organizational bureaucracy. It will then show you how to determine gaps in your protection so you can either augment current software and hardware, or replace it completely.