Companies are struggling to cope with the challenges of rapid data growth, combined with increased retention requirements for legal purposed. At the same time, increased uptime requirements are forcing IT departments to improve the speed and efficiency of regular maintenance.
Current technology barely keeping up with the demand, and software/hardware companies are working hard to come up with new solutions to the biggest data protection challenges faced by enterprises today.
Since it’s now more common for companies to operate around the clock, even a small amount of downtime can cause problems. This is why backups must be performed as quickly as possible, and preferably without locking up system resources.
Increased uptime hasn’t just made regular maintenance more difficult. It’s also placing pressure on IT staff to be able to recover faster in an emergency. The days of driving to the off-site storage to pick up the backup tapes are over. Today’s businesses measure restore-times in seconds, not hours.
Physical backup devices such as tapes or hard drives can degrade and fail as they get older. Also, companies need to be concerned about the possibility of accidentally damaging or losing these important digital business records. For this reason, the devices must be either redundantly copied or redundantly stored. Either way, this just causes more problems for IT staff.
With data rapidly growing, storage costs are certainly a concern, but there are other important factors when considering the total cost of ownership for backup media. Companies today also need to be concerned with the ever-shrinking server room space, labor costs associated with managing complex data stores, energy usage, server upgrades, and more. A small jump in each of these areas could cause a multiplier effect on the total cost of ownership.
Now that backup theft is a favorite tool of hackers and identity thieves, companies must implement special measures to prevent tampering. Special security measures are also needed for regulatory compliance purposes, and to ensure the privacy of confidential client data.