Data Protection: Understanding the Benefits of Various Data Backup and Recovery Techniques

With the growing value of data as a strategic corporate asset, today’s IT organizations face the challenge of implementing reliable backup and recovery solutions in the most efficient, cost-effective manner. To meet this challenge, they need to carefully define their business requirements and recovery objectives before deciding on the right backup and recovery technologies to deploy.

This paper describes some of the key deciding factors and potential techniques these organizations should consider as they build the right backup and recovery infrastructure for their particular needs. For organizations that need assistance in finding the best solution, Brocade® Services provides a wide range of offerings for designing, enhancing, and managing backup and recovery infrastructures.

THE NEED FOR BETTER DATA PROTECTION

As today’s businesses increasingly recognize corporate data as a strategic asset that must be protected against a wide range of risks and threats, data protection has become a high-priority objective for IT organizations. In turn, these organizations now face the challenges of identifying, deploying, and efficiently managing their data backup and recovery infrastructures. 

One of the greatest challenges is justifying the costs associated with data protection solutions. This is because data protection is often viewed not as a revenue-generating function but rather a “necessary evil”—an overhead cost that most organizations would prefer to keep to a minimum. However, recent well-publicized events (natural and manmade disasters, lost backup tapes, and stolen corporate laptop computers) have increased the visibility and elevated the importance of data protection.

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