Archival Data Storage Cannot Be Left Forgotten and Still Remain Resilient

Data must be resilient. And Data Resilience is from being able to to go back to any point in time and selectively recover.

As stated in Building a better archival storage strategy “Data that’s no longer referenced with any frequency tends to fall off the radar. The only concern is that it not be deleted, because that could have devastating consequences.”.

Data RecoveryIt is not good enough that data is just not deleted. There are real life situations that require the ability to “look back in time”. Data backup and recovery strategies must meet company policies regarding regulatory requirements, data breaches, ability to respond to court orders, and more.

Consider that data is not only to be backed up for protection of a catastrophic event, but, it also needs to be restored in different ways for different purposes and meet varying requirements. This requires coordinated strategies and testing. Data Backup strategies must be planned and tested to assure all company requirements regarding data retention and recovery are met.

Salvus Data Consultants is a managed service provider that can assist in evaluating your data backup and recovery processes to ensure that all scenarios are considered to ensure your data is resilient, not just backed up. Then Salvus can manage your entire backup and recovery processes remotely without your data ever leaving your control.

Tivoli Storage Manager V7.1 Supports VMware Full Virtual Machine Instant Access and Recovery

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) is an enterprise class backup and archiving application. These types of products protect against data loss and enable the ability to recover data for adherence to industry compliance standards and court orders.

TSM is continuing to improve in its capabilities. As stated in the IBM announcement letter for TSM V7.1:  “With the new release of TSM V7.1,  A single Tivoli Storage Manager server improves scalability with up to ten timesenterpise data improvement for daily ingest of deduplicated and replicated data over previously published rates, and new reference architectures optimized for data deduplication.”

That announcement letter goes on to say Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments V7.1 helps to improve backup and recovery management for VMware environments with the following new features:

Tivoli Storage Manager can be configured to meet an organization’s specific requirements. For those organizations that have IT staff dedicated to mission-critical enterprise applications and are not heavily trained in the complex discipline of enterprise data backup and recovery, the administration of TSM can be remotely managed by data backup and recovery consultants. Salvus Data Consultants is one of the leading TSM integrators offering a range of backup solutions and services to store & protect your valuable information.

Salvus Data Consultants manages their customer’s TSM environment remotely while the customer maintains total control of their data. For more information about the new release of TSM and its capabilities, contact Salvus Data.

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Black Swan Events are Considerations for Data Back Up Strategies

Data Backup and Recovery is critical to protecting against the Black Swan Effect.

The “Theory of Black Swan Events” is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept that the event is a major issue and a surprise. Understanding the cause of the catastrophic event is

Black Swan Event

Black Swan Event

generally only possible through hindsight. While it doesn’t happen everyday, it does happen. And when it does – you better be ready!

Black Swan is an event with the following three attributes:

  • First, it is an outlier, as it lies outside the realm of regular expectations, because nothing in the past can convincingly point to its possibility.
  • Second, it carries an extreme impact.
  • Third, in spite of its outlier status, human nature makes us concoct explanations for its occurrence after the fact, making it explainable and predictable.

An example would be Data Corruption existing in a server backup. Yes, there are constant occurrences of data corruption coming in daily from server backups where the data is virtually impossible to restore. Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) is an advanced utility that can be set up to remedy these common situations on the fly. However, this is only possible if TSM is configured correctly. Your Data backup and Recovery processes should be developed by professionals that understand the nuances of this complex discipline.

Let professionals take over from here, while you concentrate on your core business. You don’t need a Black Swan in your data center. Fort more information on Black Swan Events, contact Salvus Data Consultants.