Storage end-users have more choices than ever for deciding how to protect their application data, so it’s vital for IT organizations to provide multiple options to them. By providing a “continuum” of data protection services to internal and external clients, companies will be more prepared to meet their needs and stay relevant to the business itself.
As IT organizations evolve, they must ensure that valuable information assets are protected, whether it lives in a private cloud, public cloud, smartphones, or laptops. But not all business data is equally as important, and tiering data protection is necessary to keep costs manageable while still maintaining availability and recoverability objectives.
A stratified data protection infrastructure presents unique challenges, however. It can create multiple islands of data protection, spread throughout the enterprise in discrete silos. This silo effect conflicts with the push for consolidation the data center, creating higher OPEX and CAPEX costs.
That’s why it’s so important for companies to deploy a data protection infrastructure that can operate seamlessly with virtualized environments, has multi-tenant capabilities and is data sources agnostic.
Getting User Buy-In
Before organizations can see the benefits of shared backup, end-user clients – both internal and external – need to be on board with the solutions. One of the best ways to ensure wide adoption is by implementing technologies that don’t require any changes to how end-users manage and protect their information.
As an example, database owners should be able to use their native database backup tools for protecting their information. Similarly, virtual server administrators should be able to use their own management tools to protect virtual machine images.
And backup administrators will definitely want to use their own backup applications for protecting information in the datacenter and in remote offices.
In all these cases, end-users can be accommodated by deploying a common pool of storage resources with multi-tenant capabilities and that can accept multiple backup workloads.
Levels of Data Protection
Beyond shared backup, organizations must also meet different recovery point and recovery time objectives for businesses applications throughout the enterprise.
A “gold level” of data protection, for example, might include continuous data protection and clustering solutions with zero downtime and data loss for the most mission critical applications.
A “silver-level” protection policy, on the other hand, may make use of asynchronous replication and snapshots to restore data with minimal data loss, while allowing for fast restore capabilities.
And a “bronze level” policy would implement enterprise backup that can store, protect, archive and offsite data for DR purposes.
Data Protection for the New Data Center
It’s also important for technologies in the modern datacenter to integrate cleanly with next generation, hybrid cloud environments. Businesses have undergone two main computing shifts over the few decades.
The first shift was from centralized mainframe computing to 2nd generation client-server computing, which incorporates software-defined technologies like server virtualization. The next major shift is the move to cloud-based computing.
During the next change, data protection will be even more of a challenge than it is today, because there will be more data, more users, and more devices to support.
But investments in 2nd generation data center technology shouldn’t be discarded as businesses begin to implement 3rd generation cloud computing environments. Rather, organizations should have the ability to continue leveraging existing data protection assets, and implement complementary solutions as they’re required.
As technologies and data centers evolve, businesses must ensure that data assets remain protected – regardless of where they reside – whether that be in a private cloud, a public cloud, or a hybrid of both environments.
And data protection needs to be matched to a protection plan that’s tailored to the business value of the data, similar to the way that an investment portfolio should change as a person approaches retirement. With this strategy, the most cost-efficient data protection policy and most appropriate RCO and RPO’s can be applied.
Having a complete, end-to-end protection continuum is effective for meeting the stringent requirements of today’s business applications. From high-availability solutions providing continuous data protection in real-time, to efficient backup and long-term archiving requirements, modern businesses need multiple data protection technologies for a changing data center landscape.
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