Data Protection for a Software-Defined, Digital Data Center

Posted 07/20/2017 by Penny Gralewski

How do you balance data protection requirements and your goal for a software-defined, digital data center (SDDC)? CIOs aim to create a SDDC that accommodates budget, staff and timelines. Data - and the data protection policies that the business depends upon - needs to be included in the SDDC plan.

Any SDDC strategy should include actions to modernize data protection, management, recovery and discovery.

Infrastructure modernization needs unified data management

Over the years, how many data management products have crept into the IT infrastructure? Acquisitions, line of business purchases or regional office decisions may have brought different data management systems into the organization.

Take a hard look at the disparate systems. Multiple systems mean multiple headaches. It becomes hard to keep track of it all. Which systems backup on-premises data? How many clouds are in use across regional offices?

Reporting is piecemeal and time consuming, merging reports from many different backup systems.

Managing policies – whether basic organizational polices or stringent compliance polices – takes staff and time.

Infrastructure modernization projects are a great opportunity to look at the different systems you use for backup, cloud data, e-discovery and endpoint management. It’s time to streamline data protection.

4 ways to align data protection into a software-defined, digital data center

Enterprises can move to a more modern IT environment and simultaneously improve how they manage data. The answer is a plan with steps that are strategic, agile, scalable and secure.

There are four ways to align data protection and a software-defined, digital data center:

  • Simplify infrastructure with unified data management, whether data lives on-premises, in the cloud or if you have adopted a hybrid strategy
  • Support growth initiatives with flexibility for mergers/acquisitions or geographic expansion
  • Improve service to line of business owners who need help with data protection
  • Reduce data protection costs while driving innovation

Learn more about each step in a new brief, "How to Design Data Protection for a Software-Defined, Digital Data Center," which includes the complementary Gartner report "Infrastructure Modernization Primer for 2017 (January, 2017)."

Penny Gralewski is the solutions marketing lead for all things cloud data management related – especially how to move, manage and use data across on-premises and cloud storage locations.