“What is the big deal about data protection?”
This was the question Ken Hess asked ClearSky Data co-founder Laz Vekiarides when Laz was a guest on Ken’s SecurityNow podcast. We love the question – especially the emphasis Ken put on “is” – because it gets right to the point, and it’s a question a lot of customers have, although maybe not in those exact words.
When you talk about data protection, one of the “big deals” customers are looking for is high levels of durability. Put another way, what percentage of the time are your systems up? You’ve certainly heard of the five 9s, or 99.999 percent. This equates to just over five minutes of downtime per year. Pretty good.
Customers these days are often looking for more than that, though. It makes sense, for critical systems even minutes of downtime is too much. Nine, 10 or 11 9s – or 99.999999999 percent – is often the ask, which equates to basically seconds of downtime per year. A better way to look at this number is that the risk of downtime is so slight it becomes a non-concern.
So, how do you get to 11 9s?
Traditionally, you would need to have five, six or even seven copies of your data, all in different places. This is expensive, of course, but also introduces a level of complexity that negates the durability you’re gaining. Just think of the potential version control issues alone.
Snapshots in the cloud
There is a better way. Using the scalability of the cloud, we provide a single solution that takes snapshots of your system at any interval you choose, say 10 minutes. Imagine that – a snapshot of your entire system every 10 minutes or even less if you set it that way. You decide how long to retain these snapshots, and you never run out of space because of the cloud.
This provides another real benefit: you can develop your retention policies based on your business needs, rather than on cost, complexity and other factors. You choose how much data you want to keep and for how long, then it just happens automatically.
The ClearSky way
With ClearSky’s on-demand service, you have one large, durable dataset that’s fully protected, stored in the cloud and is flexible; it can grow as needed, or you can pare it back if you change your policies and don’t need as much data retained. One of the great things about an on-demand service is that if you think you’re holding on to too much data you can always delete some and your bill will go down. (Gasp!)
If you’re talking about getting to 11 9s, or more, both having a single, durable copy of your data and the scalability of the cloud are real differentiators. They cut complexity, save time and money, and of course, save your company the worries of an outage or data loss. That is a pretty big deal.
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