Costs related to the management of data and disaster recovery
Guy Riddle, Manager, CBL Data Recovery
As data becomes increasingly more valuable each day, the ability to effectively protect data from device failures, as well as from the growing intrusion threat, ranks as the number one customer issue. The use of disk for backup has gained significant momentum in the past year, providing a new menu of options and each item has its own merit. This leading edge session will unravel the emerging role of disk and discuss the tradeoffs with tape for backup/recovery.
Monitoring performance and maintenance practices remains one of the biggest challenges for storage administrators today. With stringent service levels around application response time and availability, degradation of performance in the storage environment or a maintenance issue can quickly become a critical business problem. What makes matters worse and more complex is that storage environments consist of a variety of interrelated components whose interoperability creates multiple points of vulnerability that allow performance problems to creep in. Failure to proactively manage performance and maintenance practices, however, is no longer an option.
There was a time when data protection just meant backups. They didn't work all that well, but everybody kind of accepted that as the status quo. We didn't talk about security much, and very few people did "real" archiving. Now times have changed. Companies, whose backups fail end up on CNN. Companies with information security lapses (like leaked credit card numbers or lost backup tapes) are required by many laws to disclose this information to the news media. Finally, anyone who has been subject to some type of e-mail discovery motion has discovered how impossible it is to comply with such a motion using traditional backup systems. Such failures to disclose information in a timely manner can result in the loss of multi-million dollar lawsuits and hundreds of millions of dollars in fines. That's the bad news.
The good news is that the storage industry has been preparing for these days for some time. There are solutions available for all of your most challenging data protection issues, including remote offices, single second RTOs and RPOs, extraction and delivery of all email to/from a given user or about a given topic, and protection from many data security issues. Listen as Guy Riddle explains the problems plaguing today's datacenters, followed by his plain English descriptions of the industry's responses to those problems.
Today's IT infrastructures are exposed to physical and digital vulnerabilities. The looming threat to delivering high data availability is now the "intrusion factor", and storage security has become the newest storage management discipline. In reality, there is no silver bullet in place to implement a fool-proof and secure IT infrastructure; however, minimizing security risks has become the top priority for many IT organizations and accomplishing this task is possible, though costly. This session will discuss the state-of-the-art of storage security.
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity are closely related and should be carefully aligned, but the number of ways to implement each one of them varies considerably.
Disaster recovery focuses on getting the entire storage network up and running while business continuity works on getting critical business processes back to a fully operational state. This panel will address the best practices currently deployed to attain the highest levels of DR/BC.