Backing up the Agile Data Center

The data center of the future will be agile. Applications, servers, networks and storage will all be dynamically configured through software. Lost somewhere in all the hype around that agile data center is the cold reality that its data protection strategy is a nightmare. In last week’s webinar, “Three Steps to Backup & Recovery Success“, we discussed how to develop a strategy to specifically address the data protection challenges that the agile data center creates.

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Strategy Before Solutions

One of the side effects of the agile data center is that the IT staff has to do more with less. Often means less people with less time to do their jobs. And the result of “less” is often “more”; more hardware and software thrown at the data protection problem in the hope that it will solve whatever emergency has arisen. This leads to a multitude of data protection solutions that the IT team needs to manage and maintain, making their jobs harder and the data protection process more fragile.

Time For A Fresh Approach

What’s needed is a fresh approach, one where we still use new data protection software and hardware, but do so in a more systematic way, and only when we know it will make a difference. In the webinar, we provide an overview of a system that Storage Switzerland has created that allows IT personnel to quickly develop a data protection strategy that meets the needs of the organization. Then that strategy can be laid over the current data protection solutions to see how they can be used to meet their commitments. Finally, a gap analysis is performed. Where there is a gap between what the data protection strategy calls for and what the current solutions can deliver, new solutions can be intelligently brought in.

Conclusion

As the data center evolves, we will always want to deploy new solutions to solve any data protection challenges that are created. But we want to apply those solutions systematically, and only when they can solve a problem that the current solution set does not or when they can dramatically improve current capabilities. In this webinar, we set the groundwork for developing that strategy.

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Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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