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Oct 15
2013

Welcome to the revolution: Data protection the easy way!

Posted by: Jarrett F Potts in DRJ Blogs

Jarrett F Potts

When did data protection get to be such a pain? We all know that data is growing quickly and that the types of data are constantly changing, but that doesn’t change the basics of storage management. The old rules still apply, leaving some IT professionals wondering what really has changed and how those changes affect their shop.

The old rules of thumb still hold true in this new age of data management. According to Wikipedia, a rule of thumb is a principle with broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable for every situation.

What fundamentals of storage management still hold true, you ask? 

All data must be protected

I know what you’re going to say: “Duh.” You may laugh when I tell you that all of your data needs to be protected, but more often than not, businesses do not actually protect their most valuable asset. And, if they do, it’s not on a regular basis.

All data is not created equal

Let’s just say it up front. Production data is more important than your employees’ iTunes directory. So, why are both sets of data protected in the same manner? As a matter of fact, why is that iTunes data even stored on your company disk in the first place? I know why and so do you. It’s hard to spend the time upfront to create data classifications; however, it is extremely important because it can save your company when its reputation is on the line. 

Replication is not really protection

While replication technology has come a long way, it still doesn’t provide you with true data protection. If you have corruption on one side of the replicated node, then you have corruption on the other. While replication provides you with protection from hardware failures and other accidents, it is not the answer for all the issues you may have with your data. 

It’s all about the recovery

Data protection is all about the recovery. Planning for the worst but hoping for the best is the most important part of data protection. All the data protection in the world is no good unless you can recover it.

You get out what you put in

The fact still remains that you have to put your time and resources into setting up your data protection solution. You must put in the time to plan it correctly or in a few years you will be doing it all over again. Enterprise-sized customers have well-thought out data protection strategies. So can you if you engage the right kind of resources.

What about the revolution?

The revolution is coming and you need to prepare for it. How? It’s simple. Use the tried and true rules that allow you to really focus on your data today and in the future. Simple ground rules that you set forth will allow you to progress into the future without much pain or change. If you build your data protection scheme correctly and have a solution that isn’t all cobbled together, you will be able to grow for many years into the future with the knowledge that your data is safe and secure.