Mobility, agility and flexibility are the buzzwords of the modern workforce. Yet these appealing attributes come at a price for many IT managers, particularly in the area of data security. With employees using their own devices to access company data on their own networks, in their own time, how do you set up systems to protect that data and the corporate apps that they use? Given the pace of change in both user behaviours and technology, how do you make sure that the backup and recovery solutions you put in place now will still work tomorrow?
The answer is simpler than you think. But before I reveal all, let’s look at why a reliable, scalable and future-proofed data and application backup and recovery solution is so important.
Whether through human error (oops, deleted the wrong folder) or human deviancy (ransomware authors, I’m looking at you), no organisation is immune to data breaches or losses. As more and more company data is digitised and the cyber criminals find new ways to target all this data, the cost of these losses is adding up year-on-year.
According to this article, which cites 2017 Cost of Data Breach study from the Ponemon Institute, nearly 5 million data records are lost or stolen worldwide every single day; and the global average cost of a data breach is $3.6 million, or $141 per data record.
As well as cybercrime and human error, data losses can also occur from events like natural disasters or hardware/software upgrades gone wrong. Accidents happen, and you need to be prepared for them. The good news is that even though no-one is completely immune to data losses, you can vaccinate yourself against the damages caused by those losses.
Your main goal in a backup and recovery solution is that it should give you fast access to mission-critical data following an adverse event. Given the fast pace of change, you should look for solutions that support a variety of applications and technologies such as physical/virtual, Windows/Linux, Oracle/SQL, on-premises/cloud, VMware/Hyper-V/Nutanix and Azure/AWS.
It sounds like a mouthful. And you may be thinking, “We only use a few technologies or features, so why do we need to support the whole lot?”
When you think of things like AI, the Internet of Things and even millennials, we’re in a period of exponential change. In the near future, it’s safe to say that your organisation is likely to expand its technology suite and you will need additional availability capabilities. You could implement a new backup and recovery solution each time you bring a new technology on-board. You could even choose a future-proofed solution that does the hard work of integrating with all the latest technologies for you.
An availability solution such as Veeam supports a large number of different technologies – so when your business changes, Veeam remains a constant throughout the journey.
Say you’re migrating from one particular vendor for the production SAN (storage) such as HPE across to another vendor such as Dell EMC. Veeam has native integration with both. Or you’re migrating from on-premises to cloud. Veeam supports both. Or you want to simply send your backups offsite into the cloud. With Veeam, it’s possible.
And so on, it’s for this reason why Veeam’s tagline is ‘any app, any data, any cloud’. It delivers unprecedented availability for all workloads, now and in the future.
As well as investing in a proven availability solution like Veeam, you can also do your bit by attending conferences and keeping up-to-date with the latest solutions and technologies on the market. Share your knowledge with your peers, learn from others.
And, at any time, talk to Data#3 about what’s out there – it’s our job to stay abreast of all the latest developments in data and application backup and recovery.
To learn more about Veeam and how it could work within your organisation, get in touch today.