Your corporate data is filled with secrets. Your own secrets, like business plans and intellectual property, and your customer’s secrets, like account numbers. And your collection of data is increasing daily, particularly if you’re actively engaged in digital transformation or big data projects that aim to collect new data.
If you only had one copy of every piece of data, keeping it safe would be, if not easy, at least easier. But there are always multiple copies of data: copies for backup and archival purposes, copies made when migrating to new servers, copies made for development and test team use.
Ben Franklin once said, “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” That suggests one way to protect your confidential data, but you won’t remain a popular employer if your staff mysteriously starts dying off. A better alternative is to use tools that offer support for enterprise data management functions that help you keep tabs on what data you have, where it resides, and how it’s being used.
Enterprise Data Management Functions
You know the popular environmental slogan “Reduce, reuse, recycle”? You can apply that thinking to your data management to reduce the number of copies of data you need to store and protect.
- Reduce and reuse. Use a copy data management tool like Veritas Velocity to reduce how often your data is copied. A single golden copy of the data is used to support multiple uses, including testing and analytics. The operational processes required to copy data are streamlined, so using virtual copies of the data makes access quicker and easier, too.
- Recycle. You don’t necessarily need to backup all your data, and you don’t need to retain those backups indefinitely. Use a product like Veritas Information Map that helps you understand your backup catalog to identify versions that can be archived or deleted. Besides helping you protect your data, you’ll gain cost-savings by reducing the storage allocated to housing backups.
Data Management Challenges Are Growing
The challenges of managing data today are growing, and the increased complexity isn’t just due to the increased volume of data. Today’s data resides in multiple locations, including traditional storage, private clouds in the data center, and public clouds. Because data management functions such as backup, disaster recovery, and compliance have historically been the responsibilities of different teams, companies typically have multiple products to support the individual teams but lack an integrated overview of their entire data landscape.
By integrating Veritas Velocity and Veritas Information Map with NetBackup 8.0, Veritas now offers customers the ability to gain an integrated perspective and full control over their growing datastores. In addition, NetBackup 8.0 integrates with Veritas Resiliency, enabling business recovery across multiple cloud and private platforms.
dcVAST offers support for the full Veritas suite of products, helping you implement data governance, data backup, and data recovery procedures that keep your data both secret and safe. Contact us to talk about your data management challenges and learn about our managed services to effectively implement your enterprise data protection strategy.