Emerging tech spurs data protection pains

“Businesses believe protecting new workloads is too complex”, says Servaas Venter, country Manager at EMC Southern Africa. Companies are not prepared to face the protection challenges that come with emerging data storage technologies.

A recent study by EMC discovered South African organisations lost close to R11 billion to downtime and data loss in the past 12 months.Venter explains hybrid cloud, big data and mobile data were rated the hardest to protect, where 51% of businesses have no data protection for any of these scenarios and only 6% have protection for all of these environments. “This is alarming considering 30% of these companies’ primary data now reside in cloud storage.”

“With hybrid cloud data, you have information in multiple locations and you may not be able to install the same data protection solutions in all of these. For mobile data, the devices it’s stored on may not regularly see a network. And, for big data, the amount of information can put pressure on backup windows,” he explains.

“Data protection technologies are evolving in parallel with the challenges that are emerging and businesses will find it far easier to protect themselves if they can stay abreast of these developments.” The other challenge is that organisations are engaging several vendors to meet their data protection needs, leading to the risk of suffering unplanned systems downtime.

“EMC advises businesses to take a holistic approach to data protection, choosing advanced solutions that can work together with existing data protection architecture”, says Venter.

According to Chris Hathaway, Director at Soarsoft International, the increased data volumes, variety of data sources and increasing number of data locations, lead to increased complexity when it comes to managing this information, not to mention added costs and risks related to retaining and managing data storage.

“Without information governance in place, organisations open themselves up to a myriad of challenges, risks and threats with regard to the data they store,” he notes.To Hathaway, meeting modern information management needs requires continuous and on-going access to a clear and accurate ‘big picture’ view.

By creating an actionable understanding of live data, organisations are better positioned for more effective information governance, and to take advantage of the benefits.

EMC believes there should be a sense of urgency for companies to think strategically about data protection and to act now to protect emerging workloads before the challenge grows any further”, Venter concludes.

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