Backup and disaster recovery has been a thorn in the side of IT departments everywhere since data has existed. There is absolutely no substitute for having a robust backup and disaster recovery (BDR) plan and solution for all your critical data. When something goes wrong, no matter how big or small the disaster, the ability to recover quickly and completely makes all that investment of time and resources worthwhile.
IT budgets are tight, however, and other priorities often trump BDR. This means that IT frequently has to settle for a BDR strategy that doesn’t fully meet its needs, sacrificing recovery point objectives (RPO), recovery time objectives (RTO) and peace of mind to find something that fits the budget.
This budget-functionality trade-off has kept IT directors up at night for years, but it shouldn’t – not anymore. By now, you’ve no doubt heard of self-protecting storage. As the name implies, at its most basic it is enterprise storage that has data protection, backup and recovery functionality built in. It can offer a great option for organizations of all types and sizes that are looking for secure, high-performing BDR, but are short on time and resources. Put another way: every organization on earth.
There are two reasons why self-protecting storage may be the solution of the future and two reasons why your company is probably ready to dive in.
1. Business buy-in
There has never been a business imperative that requests IT spend more money and time on BDR. C-level executives want IT busy solving business problems and making the organization more efficient. The only time they want to hear about BDR is in a sentence like, “We had an outage, but our BDR plan worked perfectly, so we had no data loss and no down time.”
With self-protecting storage, there are no extra line items or management requirements for different solutions and vendors. All BDR needs are taken care of as part of the storage package, making it easy for the business side to say yes.
2. It’s already here
During a recent webinar, Storage Swiss asked participants what technologies they were considering to complement existing BDR solutions. Seventy percent indicated either self-protecting storage or copy data management (which often includes self-protecting storage). On the other end of the results, only 10 percent of respondents indicated they were happy with their current BDR and weren’t considering any other options.
This survey, while a small sample, illustrates two important points: first, few companies are content with their current BDR setup; second, they are already considering self-protecting storage options. Self-protecting storage isn’t the future. It’s already here.
Now that we’ve answered the question of whether self-protecting storage is the future, let’s look at the question that you probably care more about: is your organization ready for it? You’ll be happy to hear that the answer is probably also, “Yes.”
1. It’s flexible.
By using an enterprise storage service your backup and data recovery options become as flexible as storing your data. With cloud-based or hybrid cloud models, there is no reason to procure expensive pools of storage that need to be managed, upgraded and expanded as your business changes. Hybrid cloud options give you the performance, low latency and availability your users require, with the cost and other benefits you expect from the cloud.
Organizations have been utilizing the cloud for some time now, so that model isn’t new. By adding BDR functionality, organizations can work with a technology they’re familiar with and trust, minimizing buy-in and ramp-up time.
2. It’s available as a service.
The next item that makes self-protecting storage particularly attractive is the fact that it’s available as a service. A fully managed service that delivers on-demand primary storage with built-in offsite BDR let’s your organization take that much more off IT’s plate, at a competitive cost.
What’s more, it also allows organizations to eliminate their secondary BDR infrastructure, backup licenses and management requirements. Basically, your data is backed up and protected automatically, with virtually no extra IT effort.
IT departments have long faced a Sophie’s Choice: place less emphasis on BDR to save time and resources, or invest in it at the expense of other initiatives. Either way, it was tough to get the BDR you needed to feel, and be, secure in case of an outage. Self-protecting storage offers a real solution to this age-old problem. It’s not just a pie-in-the-sky vision, either. It’s here now, and your company is ready.
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