To quickly and cost-effectively respond to changing marketplace demands, secure your enterprise and stay ahead of the competition, you need the highest levels of agility and flexibility from your IT systems. As a result of this focus, data and application availability have taken center stage.

This article examines misconceptions about enterprise recoverability, the pros and cons of available solutions to secure and recover data, and the benefits of creating a real-time infrastructure, including improved data access response times, enhanced quality of service to users, and reduced compliance concerns.

The Retention Continuum

Making data accessible to users whenever and wherever they need it is a noble effort, but it’s important to remember that data recoverability goes hand in hand with availability—they aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, many availability focused storage strategies—when not properly used—can actually harm the recoverability of an organization’s critical data.

Creating system redundancies has often been the strategy of choice for ensuring availability, but redundancy alone can’t ensure data recoverability. Nor can this approach create the type of real-time infrastructure that provides visibility into how an organization responds—or doesn’t—to the changing cadences of its business. Your business needs a fast, accurate data recovery solution that evolves with your real-time requirements.

How effectively you cope with daily data retention and storage management challenges can significantly impact the recoverability of your critical data. That’s why it’s so crucial to proactively create effective recovery strategies in the face of today’s increasing data volumes, decreasing resource utilization, shrinking budgets, and growing focus on retention and reporting.

Unfortunately, not saving enough data—or saving it incorrectly—are all-toocommon mistakes that create vulnerabilities. Saving too much data may initially seem like a good availability solution, but it can actually leave many exposures for recovery, compliance, and legal considerations. If data for recovery purposes is retained too long or regulatory compliance backups aren’t taken intelligently—or are limited to only the data that’s needed—costs will run rampant and other problems may emerge, too.

It’s likely that many of today’s storage management and data retention solutions have left you with more questions than answers. It isn’t always easy to understand the best ways to protect your business. However, you can start making smarter technology choices with the right information—and solutions—at hand.  

Real-Time Analysis for Continuous Data Protection

Continuous Data Protection (CDP) is a promising approach to redundancy and recoverability. CDP works by automatically saving a copy of every change made to your data. Snapshots are created at logical or critical times, such as every time a new write function occurs—True- CDP—or during specific policy-driven timelines—Near-CDP. As a result, CDP can provide excellent performance, flexibility, reliability, and provide additional protection capabilities that eliminate backup windows. With CDP, you can restore data at any point in time because this method provides for multiple copies or snapshots of data instead of only a single daily backup. Unlike traditional backups, CDP requires no backup schedules— in other words, you don’t have to specify the point in time at which you’d like to recover data until you’re ready to perform a restore.

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