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May 09
2013

Not all data is created equal. Stop treating it that way.

Posted by: Jarrett F Potts in DRJ Blogs

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Jarrett F Potts

IT organizations can drive up the cost of storage unnecessarily by treating all data the same and storing it all on the same media. Let’s face the fact: my resume is not as important as the payroll database or even the email database. So, why are you using the same storage policy for both?

Stop using one policy to rule all of your data. It might be simple, but it is killing your bottom line. When looking for a data protection solution, find one that allows you to use policies to treat data differently.

Important data should be prioritized as tier one data that gets backed up most often and most quickly. Perhaps that data can stay on disk for fast restore.

Everything else that is not business critical is considered tier two or junk data. Tier two data should go directly to tape and be stored since it is not business critical. Junk data, like photos or temp files, can be deleted.

Tier two data is a great target for hierarchical storage management (HSM), which allows organizations to store data on different tiers based on specific policies, enabling administrators to migrate and store data on the most appropriate tier. For example, older and less-frequently accessed data can be moved to a slower, less-expensive storage platform, such as tape, leaving more expensive disk storage available for more high-value data.

When considering the various data protection solutions on the market, look for one that helps reduce costs by providing automated, policy-based data life-cycle management, moving data to the most cost-effective tier of storage while still meeting service level requirements. This helps to ensure recovery objectives and transparent data access. Automated data archiving also helps organizations ensure compliance with data retention policies and reduces the associated costs.

Find a data protection that allows you to do  data management while continuing to operate in a simple, easy to understand environment. 

Think about it now or you may pay for it later.