Top 10 Data Protection Time Wasters
Efficiency is the name of the game. But is your IT organisation winning or losing? Your IT organisation is wasting time and energy protecting data if you still use.
1. MANUAL PROCESSES
Avoid wasting time and increasing the risk of data loss due to human error. Data protection should be full automated, regardless of where data resides.
2. MULTIPLE POINT SOLUTIONS
If you use separate solutions for your archive, backup and reporting, your staff is working too hard. Perform data protection in a single, efficient step across the entire IT environment.
3. BACKUPS THAT PRODUCE REDUNDANT DATA
When de-duplication is performed in silos, redundant data is backed up, creating more network traffic and longer backup windows. Software-based, source-side deduplication should operate globally to maximize backup efficiency.
4. OUTDATED SNAPSHOT TECHNOLOGY
If your snapshot technology does not support a virtualised environment, you’re missing out. Deploy hardware array-based snapshot technology that combines deep application and hypervisor awareness in one console.
5. DISJOINED REPORTING TOOLS
Incomplete reports prevent your IT organisation from being able to identify opportunities for improvement. Comprehensive reporting and analytics provide the insight to make more informed decisions.
6. BACKUP PRODUCTS THAT DON’T SUPPORT THE CLOUD
Backup products designed only for on-premises environments increase complexity, costs and inefficiencies. Choose a solution that offers the flexibility to take advantage of the cloud’s economics for backup, archive and recovery.
7. A SINGLE APPROACH TO GET DATA OUT OF THE CLOUD
Using one approach – array-based replication, VM replication, WAN-optimized de-duplication or host-based block-level replication – for every cloud workload leads to added costs, added risk and added complexity. Intelligently apply the appropriate technology for specific workloads based on business requirements.
8. A PRODUCT WITHOUT SELF-SERVICE CAPABILITIES
IT can spin its wheels managing users’ cloud resources and responding to requests for archived data. Give users a web-based self-service management console so they can manage their own cloud resources and access archived data.
9. A CLOUD OR HYPERVISOR SPECIFIC SOLUTION
If your solution isn’t vendor agnostics or deeply integrated with a variety of cloud platforms, then you are limiting your future cloud options. A vendor-agnostic solution will free IT and employees to use the cloud platforms that best meet security, application, cost and reliability requirements – without risk of vendor lock-in.
10. MULTIPLE MANAGEMENT CONSOLES
Accessing more than one console to perform management tasks increases complexity and the risk of error. Use a single point of control to decode the IT admin from the complexity of the environment.
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