Data Protection Trends

The Age of Managed Backup

Data Protection Trends

Data Protection Trends in the Age of Managed Backup

There’s no doubt about it; managed backup is the way of the future. When your organization uses a managed backup solution, you’ll be able to organize all of your backup capabilities in a single portal. Automation will reinforce your backup capabilities by capturing data from your systems in near real-time, so you can bounce back as soon as possible.

Managed backup is wonderful for the operational efficiency of an organization, but there are still a few kinks to work out. One aspect that some organizations haven’t quite nailed down is protecting their backed-up data. In fact, it tends to fly under the radar in IT departments, since it is easy to place greater importance on things like preparing for backup failures or sophisticated threats. Now, it seems as though organizations are beginning to gain a better understanding of just how important data protection is and how new features should be implemented.

If you’re an organization that is struggling to bring your backed-up data under control, there are a few major emerging trends you need to learn about. Let’s break down these trends so you can better protect your data in the age of managed backup.

Data Reduction Technologies

Nowadays, you may have noticed that several products on the market have begun to incorporate features that cut down on the amount of data created by a backup solution. These features are referred to as data reduction technologies, and there are three main types: data deduplication, data compression, and thin provisioning.

When storing data, it is not uncommon for some of it to become redundant. What data deduplication does is find instances of duplicated data across files and reduces or eliminates them. This can be done as data is stored, depending on the block size. Data deduplication helps streamline storage costs while helping employees locate and organize more effectively.

Data compression works a bit differently than deduplication. Compression employs algorithms that identify and eliminate redundancies within a file’s bits by reorganizing them in a shorthand fashion, decreasing its size with minimal to no data loss. This maximizes savings while improving how quickly the data can be transmitted.

Finally, there’s thin provisioning. Thin provisioning is typically used in tandem with deduplication and compression and knocks out pre-allocated capacity that has not been used. When all three of these technologies work together, you’ll find that your managed backup system is operating to the best of its ability. By reducing the size of your data backup, you’ll regain resources that could be better allocated to protecting it.

Leveraging Cloud Solutions

Bandwidth used to cost organizations a pretty penny while offering very little capacity for backups, but that’s changed with the introduction of the cloud. The cloud eliminates the need for a separate, physical backup operation, allows for continuous optimization, and provides unprecedented geo-redundancy.

Plus, cloud solutions account for a lot more than just firewalls to protect your data center. Intrusion detection and prevention, secure physical access, and around-the-clock data encryption are all on the table with the cloud. Honestly, it doesn’t get much safer than cloud security.

To further protect data, some organizations have chosen to move forward with a hybrid cloud model. This eliminates risk even more, as it allows for secondary and tertiary backups in other locations, which ties in the concept of data sovereignty.

Data sovereignty is essentially the idea that data is subject to the laws and regulations in the country it’s collected in. This is something to look out for in particular industries such as healthcare or finance, since enterprises within those sectors often have to follow regulations that do not allow client data to be routed through other countries. Adding in a secondary or tertiary backup location will ensure data can be recovered if both you and your data center suffer a failure.

Switching to a Pay-as-You-Go Model

Another popular data protection trend is the pay-as-you-go model, as allowed by the cloud. Backing up and protecting your data may sometimes be viewed as a necessary caution. With the cloud, however, data protection should be viewed as an investment.

When you migrate to the cloud, you’re able to lower the overall maintenance - and cost of maintenance - due to its ever-optimizing nature. Through the cloud, you’ll be able to identify opportunities for better uses of your data, while also enabling greater agility and resilience.

Whereas on-premises environments call for a large upfront expense, the hybrid cloud allows organizations to pay as they go on a monthly basis. Your spend will likely fluctuate from month to month depending on business needs and requirements, so you can move your upfront capital expenditure to rolling costs.

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Mathew Showers

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Data Backup, BackupSimple

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