Disaster recovery is not simply about hurricanes nor earthquakes nor 9/11 catastrophes. Sometimes, the focus on these monumental events could intimidate even the most committed IT manager from tackling disaster recovery planning. Disaster recovery is really about the ability to maintain business as usual — or as close to “as usual” as is feasible and justifiable.
Disasters of many kinds strike organizations around the world on an almost daily basis. But most of these disasters never make the news headlines because they occur at the local level. You probably hear about disastrous events that occur in or near your community — fires, floods, landslides, power failure, and so on — that affect local businesses, sometimes in devastating ways. Larger disasters affect wide areas and result in widespread damage, evacuations, and loss of life, and can make you feel numb at times because of the sheer scale of their effects.
Our solutions are about the survival of business IT systems in the face of these disasters through preparation and response. You’re largely powerless to stop the disasters themselves, and even if you can get out of their way, you can rarely escape their effects altogether. Your organization can plan for these disasters and take steps to assure your critical IT systems survive. We are here to show you how to prepare.
Data retention in our modern digital era is a major challenge for businesses and organizations of all sizes, in all industries, worldwide. Common issues include the explosive growth of digital data, different data types and uses, complex regulatory requirements, data migration difficulties, and rising power, space, cooling, and management costs.
Enterprises must not only manage the growth of data, but also recognize the value and types of data — and its anticipated uses — within their organizations, as well. It is widely estimated that more than 80 percent of all organizational data is unstructured. This means that the vast majority of your storage capacity is being used for e-mail, documents, images, and audio and video files. This unstructured data probably has a different value than the data in your business-critical databases, for example. Rather than treating all of your data equally, shouldn’t your lower value data have a corresponding lower storage cost?
Data use and re-use presents another challenge — or opportunity — for organizations seeking innovative solutions to their growing data storage costs. Eighty percent of all data (both structured and unstructured) is never again used or accessed after 90 days. How
often do you look at an e-mail message, a sales transaction, or a shipping manifest that is more than 90 days old? Yet this data is frequently stored on the same high-speed, high-performance, high-cost disks as the rest of your active production data.
At the same time, when you do need a file from last year, it holds high value to you again. Therefore, you cannot simply delete all of that data. And with advances and new ways to search and analyze data coming every day — the data you consider inactive today may hold untapped value just around the corner. Archive data must still be retained, protected, and readily accessible when needed, but there are lower cost alternatives that are better suited to data that is infrequently — or never again — accessed.
We provide an archiving solution (along with data storage) that is used for long-term retention of permanent records and information. The archive data is retained for a period of time, as defined by your organizational policy (or indefinitely) for future reference, and for legal or regulatory compliance. The archived data will also be cataloged, fully indexed, and searchable, so that data can be easily located and retrieved when needed.