IDC estimates that data will continue to double approximately every two years until 2020.1 This puts tremendous pressure on IT as new resources must be added to manage the ever expanding storage volumes and, by extension, data backup, recovery and disaster recovery (DR) infrastructure.
However, it’s not the economics or reliability of the technology that’s causing organisations to search for alternatives, but rather the manageability and level of expertise the technology requires, especially when considering a new medium.
So, what are the critical considerations and decisions you should make to effectively and reliably migrate to a new medium? This four-step outline will assist you in ensuring a successful data management process:
STEP 1: ASSESSMENT
The first step in setting up a successful data management strategy is to assess all of your business and product needs for a data backup, recovery and DR solutions. Once you have distilled your requirements you can begin to compare the features and functions of potential alternatives.
Today’s numerous data backup, recovery and DR solutions offer varying combinations of budgetary, recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) options, as illustrated in the graph:
STEP 2: EVALUATION
Once you understand what your business objectives are, you can start evaluating all of your technology options, selecting those that best align with those desired outcomes and conducting rigorous testing and DR scenarios to ensure you will be able to recover your data quickly and effectively when necessary to do so.
STEP 3: IMPLEMENTATION
Once the selection and testing phase is complete, the next step is full implementation. This must be thoroughly planned and executed in a way that will not expose your organisation to security or downtime risks, or fall foul of regulatory compliance requirements.
STEP 4: MANAGEMENT
The fourth and final step you need to think about is how you will manage your new infrastructure. It is important not to become bogged down with managing legacy systems at the expense of innovating with your new system.
If you can strike the right balance between managing your needs of today while planning, testing, and implementing new innovations for the future, your data management environment will stand the best chance of success.
1IDC. “The Digital Universe in 2020: Big Data, Bigger Digital Shadows, and Biggest Growth in the Far East.” December 2012.
2Source: “The Four Steps to a Tapeless Backup Environment, Your How-to Guide for Data Management Success”, Iron Mountain, 2015.