Most companies and organizations these days are not only generating large amounts of data on a regular basis, they are also managing different types of data that require different storage options in terms of recovery and retention. For example, anything involving near term operations, or data that needs to be accessed at a moment’s notice, should be backed up to a high speed disk. Any data that is used for long-term operations should be backed up with tape storage or the cloud.
Since not all data is created equal, it’s important to choose a backup solution that is able to support several different storage formats, and can easily move data between storage formats over time as your data recovery and retentions needs change.
In the clip below, Symantec further explains the importance of selecting the right storage media for particular operations:
Before you decide where or how you will store your structured and unstructured data, you should determine the amount and type of data you have along with the motivation behind storing the information. You should also consider the following:
- How often do you need to be able to access that data?
- How quickly do you need to be able to access that data?
- From what locations do you need to access which data?
- Which applications generate the largest amount of files?
- How important is the data to your company’s future?
Once you're able to determine the amount, frequency, location, and significance of each type of data, you will have a better idea about your storage needs and what solution to implement.
If you are currently looking to implement a new backup and recovery strategy that allows you to manage different media types and applications, you may want to consider a managed storage service or virtualization software that provides on-demand storage capacity and essential storage management. Virtualization software makes it possible to run multiple operating systems and multiple applications on the same server at the same time. It enables businesses to reduce IT costs while increasing the efficiency, utilization and flexibility of their existing computer hardware.
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