Study after study shows that business leaders are not confident in their ability to meet the organization’s recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPO/RTO). This lack of confidence leads IT professionals to open to embracing every new data protection solution that comes to market in an attempt to catch up with organizational expectations. The result is data protection sprawl and even less recovery confidence.
In 2018 IT needs to establish a clearly defined set of priorities, so it finally meets, and even exceeds, RPO and RTO objectives. Those priorities are:
– Protect Legacy Applications – While many organizations are looking to move to the cloud, certain mission-critical applications remain on-premises and need to meet the tightest of recovery demands.
– Protect Cloud Applications – At the same time, many organizations are embracing the cloud for Software as a Service (SaaS) applications like G-Site, Office 365 and Salesforce.com. Also, they are hosting their own applications in the cloud. All of this data must be protected independent of any level of protection that the provider delivers.
– Deal with Rapid Data Growth – The amount of primary storage capacity that needs management is growing at an alarming rate, that growth has an exponential impact on the growth of secondary and backup storage. The organization needs to address this growth by implementing scalable backup solutions that can archive their data to the cloud.
– Deal with Rapid Recovery Expectation – Users and application owners want their data recovered faster than ever, but IT can afford to implement high availability solutions for all applications and all data. IT needs to leverage data protection solutions that can perform frequent, low impact backups and provide rapid recovery from the backup device, either on-premises or in the cloud.
– Prove it! – The only way to instill recovery confidence is to prove it. IT needs to look for data protection solutions that make it easy to verify its recovery success rate through continuous testing. That recovery testing includes leveraging on backup device recovery or in-cloud recovery plus the ability to automate the process so regular testing is done without consuming IT resources.
In our eBook, “The Five Priorities of Enterprise Backup in 2018”, we discuss each of these priorities in detail, providing IT planners with the tools they need to make 2018 the year they get data protection right.
You can get this eBook by registering for our on demand webinar “Veteran vs. Rookie – Who is Best Able to Meet The Enterprise Backup Challenge?”.