Below are five things you need to know of about data recovery.
1.) Selection of a credible vendor for the storage of your data.
Data recovery’s foundation lays in data storage. Just like any other service or product, data storage too has vendors that are either questionable or good reliable vendors. Some of these vendors make use of unreliable, inexpensive risks. The vendors copy data but ten fail to replicate it. Such vendors do not come up with secondary copy but however make use of pointers to original set of data which is dangerous in case the original set of data gets contaminated. Once a disaster occurs is when you realize that the vendor you choose can’t provide such capability. A vendor for data storage that is credible provides end-to-end recovery of data ecosystem which entails:
- Data encryption for protection of data and capturing of both data at flight and at rest.
- Both replication either asynchronous or synchronous and backup ensuring every copy of your piece of data is up-to-date.
- Full secondary copy accompanied by capabilities of data roll back to protect the data against corruption.
- Comprehensive capabilities in case of fail-over for supporting business resiliency.
2.) Purchasing of new storage set with own replication software for your data.
In case you would like to handle your data storage and replication by yourself, you might think that you only need to purchase a replication software alone and reuse the current hardware but this should not be so. Actually, it is quite cheaper to purchase new storage set alongside a replication software. You need to do this as you get benefits of latest technologies of storage arrays not forgetting the drive’s configurations and density. To add on, the newest replication software can be incompatible with the old hardware and also maintaining old hardware is quite costly. Replication software is the guide to data recovery and therefore, as you decide on what you want, this should guide you and buy it alongside recommended storage sets with necessary software license.
3.) Making a choice between block and file storage protocols.
Day-to-day activities in the operation of your business go hand-in-hand with data recovery. The first question in data storage is determination of whether block or file which is a determination of how data will be moving from the production applications to the point of data storage.
File protocols make use of networks that are in use making them inexpensive and easy to make use of. You only need plug in to existing network then hang the device for storage off it. Chewing up of the network bandwidth completely is a drawback associated with file protocols.
Block protocols use fiber channel cable. Additionally, a complete separate infrastructure that is dedicated to very fast transactions is needed. It is quite expensive but no slowing of the network.
4.) Choice of a network carrier that is reliable.
This carriers ensure your WAN circuits always are connected to ensure storage and backup of data. Consider the following:
- Real-time trouble-shooting and monitoring.
- Level of service agreements which guarantee availability.
- Redundant circuits of network that re-route traffic.
5.) Consideration of continuity of business and DR storage IOPS.
The last consideration is deciding on whether you would like a similar speed for data recovery/ business continuity and the production environment or one to be slower.
The considerations above will guide you through in creating reliable plan for your data recovery.