Is Your Data Ready To Weather The Storm?

By Jordan Wynegar

I’ve been a Commvault system engineer for seven years and I have seen my fair share of hurricanes, especially since I cover the Carolinas. So what have I learned over these past seven years of protecting the data of those in the path of the storm? You can never be more prepared.

Downtime is no joke

In 2018 alone, there were more than 15 named storms and eight major hurricanes. That equates to a whole lot of data downtime. Traditional disaster recovery plans that are mainly in place by organizations are out of date and were crafted before we all realized the power of the cloud and virtual machines.

In a time when a natural disaster could completely wipe out your data, having the right solution in place is a must. I always recommend not only two local copies but an additional copy offsite of the data centers to secure and ensure the safety of your data in the event of a natural disaster. Having an onsite backup is a great start, however, it is just one step in the direction of having a complete backup strategy.

The time is now to adopt the cloud

Something that makes me nervous are customers who are slow to adopt cloud. The problem is that sometimes the importance of having a cloud strategy in place isn’t realized until the storm is rolling in.

A prime example of this happened just last year when a large university I cover did not have data in the cloud prior to an approaching storm. We needed to send roughly 20 TBs of tier one data for a third copy to cloud storage, as the disaster recovery site was directly in the path of the approaching storm. We knew we needed to act fast, so we quickly walked them through setting up the cloud storage and explained in detail how they would recover that data into the cloud.  We had the data aux copied to the cloud and test restores worked perfectly. Luckily, we did not have to use it for this event, but they would have been covered if things had not gone to plan.

Be Ready.

What would the answer be if I were to ask you, “Is your data ready to weather the storm?” Would you be prepared? Do you have a cloud strategy in place in the wake of unavoidable natural disasters?  You always want to be ready for whatever storm may come. Let us protect and back up your data so that you can use that time to make sure your family is protected in the storm.

Ready to be ready? Here are four ways that Commvault can help you be completely prepared for any disaster recovery event that heads your way.

  • Try before you buy! Stop worrying about your data for 30 days – on us: Saving the data should be simple. See how simple the Commvault Data Platform Software is in helping you protect, access and use all of your data — in the cloud or on-premises.
  • Rehydrating your architecture in the AWS Cloud: Commvault’s CTO, Brian Brockway, explained how we enable organizations to build and efficiently manage environments in the cloud using Amazon S3, data deduplication and many other backup and disaster recovery techniques to protect critical information. Not only do you get the same level of security, control and access as your on-premises hardware, but you can get the flexibility and cost savings now with the cloud.
  • Learn how to ‘Cloud Responsibly’ with Commvault: Find the balance between data protection and cloud flexibility for customer focused innovation and success. When you cloud responsibly, you can achieve data agility. Here are five ways to cloud responsibly:
  1. Smart, native integration with cloud technology
  2. Built in multi cloud support
  3. Multi cloud migration to, from and across clouds
  4. Multi cloud disaster recovery made easy
  5. Cloud resource management and control

Learn more about how to Cloud Responsibly.

Natural disasters happen, but at Commvault we want to make sure your data is protected so that you can spend the time doing what matters most.