Data Back Up, Recovery and Erasure: A Guide for Corporate IT

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Storage Environments

Understand your storage environment to maximize efficiencies and avoid data loss.

Corporate IT departments continue to implement complex, high-end software-defined storage (SDS) systems. While these storage methods are efficient and flexible in allowing companies to manage an influx of data, they also hold a potential for data loss if not set up or managed correctly. Many SDS systems are unique or proprietary to specific vendors, so ensuring all data is backed up properly is key. The combination of complexity and customization of SDS environments emphasizes how important it is for IT staff to know how and where data is categorized and stored. To optimize your SDS environment and reduce risks of data loss:

  • Be prepared to invest time and resources when implementing an SDS infrastructure. It is an advanced system that must be properly set up to deliver benefits and efficiencies.
  • Make sure the storage system is implemented by someone with SDS experience. If the appropriate person is not on-staff, consider hiring a third-party expert.
  • Research storage hardware to confirm it is compatible with the SDS software. Certain SDS providers supply a list of compatible hardware; it's important to follow these recommendations to avoid problems.

Data. Today, it is practically a living organism. Corporate-created data is emerging, growing and evolving at a rate of unparalleled proportions. As the volume of data multiplies, organizations are striving to glean actionable insights and value from it. But to do this effectively, a company must properly manage data to keep a record of information they can use now – or in the future.

Many companies are not increasing their data management capabilities at the same pace that data is growing. In fact, 30 percent of IT staffers surveyed by Kroll Ontrack said they do not have clear insight into what specific information is stored within their tape archives — and that's just one type of storage system. IT departments must address how they back up and store information to be able to garner value from data.

In this slideshow, Todd Johnson, vice president of data and storage technologies, Kroll Ontrack, has identified tips that will help enterprise IT departments narrow down an approach to more effective data management. In short, companies must update corporate data management protocols to accommodate the explosion of data in the enterprise, implement technologies and services that support a healthy data storage process, and understand and apply data backup and recovery best practices.


Related Topics : Fujitsu, Storage Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, Virtual Tape Library, InfiniBand

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