4 steps to support digital transformation with powerful backup and recovery simplicity
Escape the drama of infrastructure complexity
Blame Hollywood. If you’ve gone to see, or have recently streamed, one of today’s popular movies, it’s likely that you’ve seen an IT person quickly and magically solve a major mystery, preserve world peace, or break a multi-layered evil criminal’s code, all within a carefully constructed timeframe. But IT professionals know the day-to-day reality isn’t nearly as easy, or glamorous. Consider data protection. With growing mountains of data, increasing staff and resource drain and the complexity of managing silos of applications and workloads on premises, in the cloud, and everywhere in between, backup and recovery has possibly never been so challenging.
Yet, as companies look to realize their digital transformation goals they need to backup and recover with powerful simplicity. To avoid the Hollywood-level drama, IT requires a simple, cost-effective and modern approach. Consider these four steps and the associated questions you need to ask to safely protect data where it lives – on-premises or in the cloud – and instantly restore it anywhere it’s needed for a drama-free ending.
Globally ransomware is predicted to cost companies in excess of $11 billion by 2019. (4)
As much as 70 percent of your organizations data lives in secondary storage. (2)
81 percent of enterprises report that the hourly cost of downtime exceeds $300,000. (3)
Integrating compute, storage and backup and recovery software into a single, integrated appliance, they can reduce costs, remove operational complexity and limit data sprawl for the drama-free data management needed to support digital transformation.
1. Simplify Your Complexity
Here are four steps to examine, and the associated questions to ask, as you look to adopt a more agile data protection approach for your digital business.
- Complex environments impact the entire infrastructure lifecycle. From purchase and installation to deployment and management, new backup and recovery solutions can be a staff and resource drain – especially if you’re maintaining multiple separate silos of data and different backup point products to protect them. If this is a challenge, consider the benefits of an all-in-one appliance that integrates compute, storage and backup software into a single hardware solution. Add to the value by selecting a solution that provides unified management across your entire environment – from on premises to the cloud – in a single console. This can save time while helping you to streamline management of key performance metrics.
Ask these questions to see if you could benefit from a more simplified approach to backup and recovery:
- Are you able to buy only the data protection capacity you need, when you need it? Can you add capacity as you grow vs. having to estimate for future needs and buy excess capacity up front?
- Can you quickly view dashboards to track performance metrics across your entire environment? Does your management console span your environment regardless of location, application or storage type?
- Is your data protection optimized to easily manage and migrate data to, from and within the cloud? Can it simplify data movement between clouds with native capabilities that eliminate the need for gateways and third-party products?
2. Lower Your Protection Costs
Most enterprises don’t have Hollywood blockbuster budgets. While looking at how to simplify your infrastructure complexity, look at the top ways you can also cut your data management, protection and retention costs. Consider the staff time needed to manage your data as well as the cost of the storage you use. Infrastructure complexity will often have a direct impact on these budget elements. Backup and recovery solutions that employ the benefits of hyperconvergence will have a dramatic cost saving effect on your data protection.
Think about how much of your data lives in secondary storage. For most organizations, it’s as much as 70 percent.2 How much could you save if you applied automated policies to move data to the storage tier that aligns with its usage, value and service level requirements? If you could universally apply source-side and target-based deduplication to eliminate backing up redundant data, how much could you save? Modern backup and recovery solutions will achieve this, potentially delivering solid savings on data infrastructure, software, services and compliance.
To decide if you can lower your data management and protection costs, ask these questions:
- Can you easily store and move data across storage tiers based on the value of the data – including primary and secondary storage, tape and cloud?
- Does your backup and recovery solution help you to minimize downtime costs and increase availability by providing instant access to your applications and data?
- Have you reduced the burden on IT staff by implementing self-service access to data?
- Do you have the ability to employ policy-based management and automation, so your backup administration team can set service level policies and avoid complex configurations and scripting?
3. Modernize your infrastructure
Agility. It’s the key enabler of digital transformation. It’s also the primary value proposition of scale-out and hyperconverged infrastructures. By modernizing aging infrastructure, tools and processes, organizations are better able to keep pace with their business demands. Defining a modern infrastructure approach, which uses software-defined solutions, enables enterprises to achieve faster time-to-market for important initiatives. It also enables the seamless migration of workloads and business data as needed across different cloud environments for the flexibility to adapt quickly to changing business demands.
Consideration should be given to enabling a hybrid environment that supports mixed hypervisors, cloud resources and compute platforms. Here limitations should not be accepted. Evaluate your infrastructure, and the software it’s built on, by how many cloud and virtual machine environments it can support and the ease with which you can move data and workloads between providers. This will enable you to achieve the greatest value from a scale-out or hyperconverged infrastructure.
Ask these questions when evaluating where to modernize your infrastructure:
- Can you safely backup data wherever it exists and restore it to anywhere it’s needed?
- Are you able to ensure predicable performance, across your workloads, to improve availability?
- Is your data future proofed, with native support for leading applications, storage platforms, hardware arrays and cloud platforms so that you can make the infrastructure choices you need now and into the future?
- Can you easily support data growth with the agility and scalability you need to increase availability?
4. Restore your data faster
When it comes to data protection, one of the most critical considerations is how reliably and quickly you can recover following a downtime event. According to ITIC, 81 percent of enterprises report that the hourly cost of downtime exceeds $300,000.3 This high cost of downtime can clearly cripple an organization, not only impeding digital transformation but business operations altogether.
The digitally-enabled business must be recovery ready, with the processes and technology to meet defined recovery point and recovery time objectives. Only by implementing the solutions needed to meet key service levels and recovery metrics will you be ready to face the mounting digital transformation needs of the business.
When it comes to meeting vital restore criteria, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have instant access to your applications and data?
- Are you still facing outdated and lengthy rebuild times common with hardware-driven RAID solutions?
- Can you achieve rapid data recovery from any copy, including disk, on-premises, cloud, tape or off-premises copies?
- Are you able to deliver self-service recovery with context-focused user interfaces for different users such as IT administrators, application owners and users?
Avoid a digital transformation show stopper
Digital transformation needs backup and recovery that delivers powerful simplicity. Without it, you could face show-stopping challenges that will impact the success of your transformation goals. It’s time to take a simple, cost-effective and modern approach to safely protect your data where it lives – on premises or in the cloud – and instantly restore it anywhere it’s needed. Only then can you ensure that big-screen Hollywood ending.
- Bizagi, “What is Driving and Delaying Digital Transformation in IT?,” November 20, 2017
- Based on Commvault data analysis of customers reporting their data storage usage type.
- ITIC, 2017 Reliability and Hourly Cost of Downtime Trends Survey, May 18, 2017
- CyberVentures March 2018