World Backup Day may not be until March 31, but that doesn’t mean backup and recovery concerns are put on the back burner for IT pros around the globe.
Human error, ransomware, natural disaster, hardware failure … the list of potential threats to enterprise data is long and downright scary. These real threats can wreak havoc on businesses, and in severe cases force companies to shut their doors for good.
Real Threats Require Modern Strategies
The IT Policy Compliance Group reports that 75 percent of all data loss is caused by human error. CNBC reports that ransomware attacks increased 6,000 percent from 2015 to 2016. Does your enterprise have a disaster recovery plan in place to protect proprietary data? If so, is that plan based on modern — not legacy — infrastructure and solutions?
Let’s face it, since the inception of virtual computing disaster recovery strategies have evolved tremendously. Traditional backup/recovery software is not capable of protecting enterprise data generated in today’s data-driven marketplace. Constantly fluctuating business needs, security requirements, and computing environments require agile plans capable of preventing loss — and quickly restoring data if disaster does strike.
Evolve Your Infrastructure with Innovative Systems
Many companies agree that today’s enterprise requires more than a dated disaster recovery plan built for complex legacy infrastructure. However, making the commitment to invest the time and energy into revamping a backup and disaster recovery plan is a tough one. IT administrators and managers are already tasked with daily time-consuming data center management, so how can business keep running with this addition?
It may be a thankless job, but modernizing your enterprise backup and disaster recovery plan is critical — and directly tied to the longevity and success of your business.
So where do you start?
Look at your current strategy and determine if it would be easier to start fresh, or if there is something to salvage. When considering the needs for your new plan, look to subject matter experts and proven solutions to ensure it is as comprehensive as possible. For example, IDC recommends data protection strategies that consider:
- Tightly integrating compute infrastructure with data protection
- Reducing operational complexity
- Data loss threats, including ransomware
- Near-zero service levels
How has your business improved its data protection and recovery effectiveness? What challenges have you run into in trying to implement a disaster recovery plan?
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