As the data center modernizes, new initiatives and trends are impacting the data protection process. In our webinar, “5 Key Trends that Could Challenge Your Data Protection Plan in 2018,” we discuss how things like Hybrid IT, Ransomware, application explosion, the Cloud and remote office computing are impacting the data protection process. However, while IT should update their plans to mitigate and manage the impact of these trends it also needs to make sure it has the core principles of data protection.
The Core Data Protection Principles
The first principle of data protection is to make a copy of data to a second storage system. While it may seem obvious, many organizations count on snapshot technology, which is fine for data corruption types of recoveries but is exposed if the primary storage system fails.
The trends we discuss in the webinar are changing some aspects of the copy data principle. First, the second storage system should have different security than the primary storage system so that if ransomware or some other type of cyber attack occurs, the same single attack won’t impact both copies. Second copies need to be made more frequently to keep up with organizational recovery expectations and to protect against ransomware.
The second principle of protection is to make sure IT stores a copy of the protected data off-site. In most cases, this means that the secondary on-premises copy is copied again. In the past, getting a copy off-site meant copying data to tape and shipping it to the off-site location. Today, off-site copies are typically made by replicating changed components of the backup store to a DR site. By leveraging one of the trends we discuss in our webinar, the cloud, data centers can use the cloud for that secondary storage and even act as a recovery location by storing instances of failed applications in the cloud.
The third core principle is testing. IT needs to make sure that when disaster strikes, the team knows exactly what to do to get the organization back up and running. In other words, it requires a disaster recovery plan, a formal process by which it can recover. No trend now or in the future is likely to change the need for a DR plan, but modern technology can help make meeting the organization’s expectation for recovery as well as testing much easier than it has in the past.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. While the data center is undergoing a significant shift toward modernization, the core principles of data protection remain essentially the same. The impact of the latest trends is that data protection needs to occur more frequently, be more secure and be more reliable in recovery.
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