The Importance of Fast and Modern Data Recovery Capabilities for the Modern Enterprise Data Center

March 16, 2017

Industry News, TechTalks

Rawlinson Rivera | Global Field CTO

As the industry is currently plagued with data protection and recovery solutions that are based on outdated architectures and capabilities, most the available legacy data protection solutions available in the industry today, are incapable of performing recovery functions suitable to the business demands of enterprise organizations. While failures are, a given in modern network infrastructures, lengthy outages are conditions that most modern businesses cannot tolerate in today’s economies.

Data recovery capabilities should be closely evaluated and considered as critical functions of an organization’s business continuity plans and procedures. After all, many of the legacy data protection solutions can very efficiently perform backup tasks, but when it comes to recovery, that is not that case. As the industry is currently plagued with data protection and recovery solutions that are based on outdated architectures and capabilities, most the available legacy data protection solutions available in the industry today, are incapable of performing recovery functions suitable to the business demands of enterprise organizations. While failures are, a given in modern network infrastructures, lengthy outages are conditions that most modern businesses cannot tolerate in today’s economies.

Legacy solutions aren’t able to recover large amounts of data quickly enough in the event of an outage or failure. The inability to perform data recovery functions fast enough to satisfy recovery time objectives (RTO) can result in an adverse financial or development impact to an organization. Today, when qualifying a data protection solutions, enterprise organizations should pay close attention and evaluate the recovery capabilities and characteristics of the solution before acquiring it.

Here are some example characteristics that should be considered and evaluated:

  • Management – integrated converged, or individually managed (siloed)
  • Procedures – recovery workflows, recovery complexities, interoperability
  • Speed – recovery speeds based on performance
  • Targets or Endpoints – recovery flexibility – same or different systems
  • Recovery Tasks – recovery tasks are performed in serial or simultaneous actions

The characteristics above should be included as part of the evaluation when considering a modern enterprise data protection solution. Some of the listed characteristics, as well as others, have a direct impact on an organization’s business continuity plans with regards to recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) requirements. In today’s highly virtualized infrastructures, enterprise organizations must deal with extremely high volumes of information and data being generated that requires efficient and fast protection as well as fast recovery.

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