Data management is no longer optional; it’s a business requirement.
We’ve worked hard with our partners at Veeam (Global Leader in Cloud Data Management) to develop a solution that protects your best interests, along with your data. By offering backup as a service, we’ve added a layer of protection to ensure that your business is up and running quickly and seamlessly, in the event of a data loss.
Before embarking on data management we work with our clients to develop a plan that addresses issues like when and how data is backed up, how often it is accessed and managed once backed up, how they are planning on using their data, and most importantly, how quickly they want or need to be able to restore data.
This blueprint should not be seen as just an insurance policy in the event of data loss or corruption, but as an opportunity to test, run reports and do integrity checks in isolated environments.
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At a high level, data management comprises all disciplines related to managing data as a valuable resource. Data management at its source though started by simply protecting data by means of backups which has evolved into what it is today. When looking at it now, more granularly, data management is the practice of collecting, keeping, and using data securely, efficiently, and cost-effectively.
Given the explosion of data in an organisation and how it is needed for business success, effective data management is crucial when deploying systems that run business applications and provide analytics data. Ultimately, this helps drive operational decision-making and strategic planning inside the company.
Data management is also vital when it comes to effectively managing the myriad of regulatory compliance requirements that include data privacy and protection laws such as those covered by the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) that has been proclaimed in 2020 and comes into effect in 2021.
Each business is different and the systems each business uses has a different level of importance. Understanding the RPO and RTO of each of these systems helps the business gauge the effect it will have on the business if these systems were to be unavailable at any point in time, giving customers the ability to make informed decisions on their data management strategy.
Retention policy is the amount of time that an organisation is needed to keep copies of their critical data. This can be for compliance, financial or many other reasons. This is normally closely tied to their archive strategy.
An archive strategy is a guideline for how data is offloaded from critical business systems for long term retention. The business still needs the data but possibly not as often or only for reference, audit or compliance purposes. The ability to restore or reference this data is still of utmost importance.
Data management is a theme in which there are a few topics covered, namely Backup or Data Protection as well as Disaster recovery and Business continuity. It also refers to how a business makes use of the data they keep. With a full data management suite, businesses can use their backups as reference points to do sandbox testing, achieve governance and compliance goals, ensure data quality and integrity all through the filter of high security best practices.
Cloud storage technology is simply a place to store block or object/file type data used by their applications on a day to day basis, with options for archiving older data.
Given how ransomware has become one of the most prevalent forms of cyberattack in recent times, companies can ill afford to have their data compromised. And while there are many tools available to defend against these threats, these are by no means completely effective and compromises can still happen.
If an organisation is infected by ransomware and locked out of its data, having a recent backup provides a last line of defence. Anecdotal evidence suggests that those organisations that pay the ransom are more likely to be continually targeted by hackers, resulting in long-term financial repercussions in the future.