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There’s More to Backup than Backup

Despite the efforts of every storage software company to integrate data protection services, including backup, recent surveys show there is still great cause for alarm.

In “The 2018 State of Resilience” report, Syncsort surveyed 5,632 global IT professionals and found almost half of all businesses suffered a failure within the previous year that required “a high availability/disaster recovery solution to resume operations.” Even with that “solution,” those who lost data lost a significant amount. More than 30 percent lost a full day or more, and 28 percent a few hours.

The questions, by the way, asked only about the respondent’s one “most significant incident” – not all their incidents of data loss over the course of the year.

Meanwhile, Knoll Ontrack also released a survey in which more than one in five were unable to recover data at all, despite having a backup “solution” in place. And our own research showed that more than half of U.S. companies were unprepared for the requirements of GDPR data protection legislation.

There’s no need to belabor it: data protection isn’t working. More specifically, recovery isn’t working.

Everybody thinks they’re doing everything to ensure data and systems are safe and protected, but even simple human error can risk data loss. (Even if the intelligence is in the software, it needs to be in the brain too.)

A wise step to ensure a recovery is to test your backup/recovery process frequently. A backup, untested, is no backup. Verify backups can boot and the data is uncorrupted, and do a “dress rehearsal” – mishandling a recovery can corrupt data too.

Aside from human error, there’s data loss due to hardware error – which is more or less a guarantee. Disk and network failures, or even an entire cloud service outage, will all cause interruptions that result in inavailability or data loss. This is why ioFABRIC software works to identify and self-heal around hardware failure.

Disruption usually leads to loss, or, at best, inconsistency. Instead, placing resilient live instances of data on different nodes, sites, or clouds defends against hardware failure and delivers business continuity.

According to Syncsort’s findings, only half of those surveyed met their recovery time objectives after a failure, but with our data protection features, the recovery time is nearly instantaneous: even in the case of a disaster at an entire site, data is still available at another site or cloud.

The IT pro’s greatest fear is losing data, which can lead to downtime, lost revenue, legal or regulatory damage, even risk the viability of the organization. Ensure your data is backed up properly, quickly recoverable, safe from malicious attacks and disasters, and meets security and compliance requirements.

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