Things you should know about Data Continuity!

Data Storage is becoming a valuable asset to companies dealing with data deluge in their premises. This is due to the fact that data sets are turning into crowned jewels and data continuity plans as essential enterprise commodity tools.

Thus, the demand for securely storing high valued data is turning companies offering data storage services enthusiastic in this segment. They are showing a lot of interest in offering backup and recovery products, in order to turn the trend lucrative for themselves.

But on the other hand, if not wisely handled, data recovery can turn into a nightmare for any company. It can show devastating effect on a business, if the service or tool is not as per the expectation and is unreliable.

For that reason, below are some important things to know about data continuity:

  • Always rely on a credible data storage vendor – It is evident that data storage is foundation for data recovery. Hence always go for vendor who has a credible history in business and an impressive track record. Just surf the website of the storage vendor and see what it has in its customer’s base. A list of big companies/organizations/firms ensures that the vendor offering data storage and related services is reliable enough to take a call. Also one has to make a note that some data storage vendors use inexpensive and unreliable disks, in order to increase their profit margins. These companies offering backup and recovery services just copy data, but don’t replicate them. The may not make a secondary copy and instead just use pointers to the original data set – which is fine, unless the original data gets contaminated. When a disaster strikes the company may completely fail in recovering its business.
  • Whereas, a credible data storage vendor, like StoneFly Inc., a subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory will provide end-to end disaster recovery (DR) ecosystem. This entail:
  • Both backup and replication (Synchronous or asynchronous) to ensure that the company has an up-to-date copy of all your data.
  • A secondary copy will be available with roll back capabilities of all the data in order to guard against data corruption.
  • Data encryption to protect data capture, data in flight and at rest.
  • Business resiliency support with comprehensive failover capability.
  • A myth to forgo – Many IT heads of different enterprises go with a notion that they can handle data replication and storage themselves on an individual note, which cuts down their operating costs. And so they just buy the replication software and use their current hardware. But this is a pure myth as the latest replication software may not work on older hardware, and the maintenance for old-hardware may become cost-prohibitive. Therefore, buying a storage array and the related backup software or an appliance with preloaded software will be a wise decision to make.
  • Choosing between file and block storage protocols – Data continuity can prove tricky when a disaster strikes, if the storage protocol gets neglected. File-type protocols use the existing network connection, which make them very easy and inexpensive to use. All you need to do is plug into the network and hook the storage device. But the drawback will be that file-type protocols can chew up most of your enterprise network bandwidth. So, if you need to send data of up to a Terabyte, then it can slow down every other user using the network in the company. In block level scenario, protocols such as iSCSI and Fibre Channel can make things easier. ISCSI can use our current network to serve your storage and recovery needs.
  • Nowadays, companies like StoneFly, Inc, are offering backup and recovery appliances with capabilities such as storage, server and backup + disaster recovery needs. When it comes to protocol, they are offering backup appliances with File and Block level intelligence. Therefore, companies starting small can choose file protocols in their initial days of business because of cost efficiency. At the same time, they will have the choice of moving to block protocol, as they mature and data transactions begin to mount up in their enterprise environments.
  • IOPS – Always make sure that your backup and disaster recovery storage IOPS should be matching the speed of your production environment.

By going with the above stated plan, you can create a data recovery plan much needed to protect your company’s crown jewels!

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