4 Critical Steps to Align Data Protection and Cloud Strategy

Posted 06/02/2017 by Penny Gralewski

Your enterprise cloud strategy must include plans for data protection and data management. Today data is an enterprise’s most important, strategic and competitive asset.

CIOs – and CEOs – are driven by customer-first strategies, data-driven decisions and agile business moves based on trends. Only data that is well managed and secure helps the business meet those C-level objectives. IT leaders should provide the guidelines and governance that protect the data that runs the business, whether the data is on-premises, in the cloud, or both.

As cloud adoption increases, IT needs to be fast, agile and secure when helping to move business apps or complete enterprise workloads to the cloud.

In a new brief and accompanying complementary Gartner report, we detail the four critical steps to aligning data protection as a part of your enterprise cloud strategy.

Aligning Data Protection and Cloud Strategy: A Preview

The full brief details the discussions your IT team and business leaders should have to align data protection requirements with the cloud strategy for the organization. For a quick preview, here are four conversations to have while planning your cloud and data strategies.

  1. Consider the Overall Company Business Goals: Do your C-level objectives include strategic mergers and acquisitions, expanding in an emerging market, quickly delivering innovation to the market or reduce real estate investments to save costs? Cloud – and cloud data management – can achieve these executive goals.
  2. Determine Workload Portability Needs: When architecting a cloud strategy, consider how workload requirements may change over time. Workloads that are on-premises today could move to the cloud tomorrow. When requirements change, that data may need to come back into a data center or move to a different cloud provider. How will you manage data migrations?
  3. Consider Data Growth – Today and in the Future: Correctly anticipating data growth can be a complex exercise. Plan for today’s data volume and future growth. What business strategies, new innovations and company changes will impact the breadth and depth of the data you manage?
  4. Scope How Data Will Move to – and In – the Cloud: An enterprise cloud data strategy should have distinct specifications for data moving to the cloud and the data born in the cloud. Data movement is too critical for errors to slow or block a process, so don’t rely on scripts or long lists of tasks, which could both result in human error. Plan an automated, orchestrated process to secure data in motion and at rest.

Gather Business and IT leaders for a Cloud Data Management Discussion

As cloud adoption and data production increases every day, a strategic cloud data management conversation between business and IT is critical. IT can be agile when moving business apps or complete enterprise workloads to the cloud, but the business will realize the most value when it adheres to consistent guidelines about data management, data protection and cloud strategy.

An enterprise cloud data management strategy provides the guidelines and governance that help ensure the organization makes the most successful moves – and protects the data that runs the business.

Learn more by downloading the brief "Where Data Protection Fits in an Enterprise Cloud Strategy," which includes the complementary Gartner report "Enterprise Cloud Strategy - A Pragmatic Template for Setting Your Cloud Policies."

 

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.