What Considerations Need to be Made When Backing Up Encrypted Data

As we stated in previous posts on this Blog, the complexity of data is increasing. We have recognized and highlighted that business data is no longer of a traditional structured type.

Encrypted DataAnother consideration besides data type is when any of these many types of data are encrypted. Then the question arises “what needs to be done when encrypted data needs to be backed?”

As explained by IBM’s Technote FAQ, the Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) client makes no special provision for data on a machine that has been previously encrypted. From the perspective of Tivoli Storage Manager there is no difference between the encrypted data and plain text.

The Tivoli Storage Manager client configuration can be setup to encrypt its own data stream to the Tivoli Storage Manager server. In this case Tivoli Storage Manager will take the data as it exists on the client and encrypt it and store it in the Tivoli Storage Manager server in its own encrypted format. So, if the data has been previously encrypted, Tivoli Storage Manager will encrypt the data again using its own encryption method, and store this in the server. If it needs to be restored, Tivoli Storage Manager decrypts the data back to its original form. The third-party program will then be needed to decrypt that result and bring it back to its plain format.

There are special considerations that have to be made when encrypting data during the backup process to ensure the recovery is successful. For more details and special considerations, refer to the IBM’s Technote FAQ  or Backing up AIX encrypted files on this subject specific to TSM.

Salvus Data Consultants understand complex data issues. Salvus provides a unique data backup and recovery model by offering TSM remotely through the cloud for their clients while the data remains under the client’s control on the client’s servers and backup sites. If you have further questions on this subject, Salvus can be reached at 903-201-7233.

How Does the SMB Execute Proper Data Backup While Data Types are Increasing in Complexity

The complexity of data is increasing. More types of data are needing to be included in business analytics for a company to best understand its place in a market. Business data is no longer the traditional structured type that comes from ERP and CRM applications. To remain competitive, the SMB must include unstructured data from POS systems, Social Media and other sources.

Big Data Backup and recoveryThis increased complexity increases the already stretched ability of the Small and Medium size business to handle Data backup and recovery. The Spicework’s Voice of IT report says that “…while over half (55%) of respondents believe their company’s spend is sufficient, 30% believe it’s less than sufficient. So what’s getting the “backup” treatment? Not surprisingly, the majority (67%) of SMBs back up highly sensitive data. But, this is only slightly more than the 60% backing up moderately sensitive data. Nearly 40% of respondents back up low sensitivity data.”

An offshoot of the new data requirements and example of increased complexity is NoSQL, also referred to as Not Only SQL. NoSQL  is a database design that’s used for very large sets of data, also called Big Data.

A Search Data Management post states “Arguably, the most popular NoSQL database is Apache Cassandra. Cassandra, which was once Facebook’s proprietary database, was released as open source in 2008. Other NoSQL implementations include SimpleDB, Google BigTable, Apache Hadoop, MapReduce, MemcacheDB, and Voldemort.”  “NoSQL is often mentioned in conjunction with other big data tools such as massive parallel processing, columnar-based databases and Database-as-a-Service (DaaS).”

The SMB has limited budget and Data Backup know-how. Their market has become global, while data has increased in complexity. And, nothing has reduced the need to provide protection against unplanned catastrophic events.

Where does the small and medium size business turn to develop and execute a data backup and recovery strategy – a strategy that will not reduce the company’s ability to compete, but, will increase its viability and sustainability.

Let’s look at the Salvus Cloud Management model. Salvus Data develops and remotely executes the SMB’s business critical backup strategy, while the SMB’s data remains within the network walls of the SMB.

With the Salvus Cloud Management Data Backup/Recovery solution, the SMB experiences the latest backup and monitoring solutions without the overhead and headaches to maintain it. In addition, the SMB has:

  • access to a team that spends their time doing backups 7×24 365 days a year.
  • the option to have Data Backup/Recovery efforts in-house or at the location of their choice.
  • an American partner who understands business needs within the United States.

The Salvus Cloud Management centrally monitors and manages the SMB backup environments more cost-effectively and with increased service levels. Salvus Data Consultants manage the SMB backups. Salvus Data Consultants can assist the SMB in controlling costs and eliminate inefficiencies by aligning business unit priorities with IT capabilities, helping the business achieve the objectives that are essential for growth. For more information contact Salvus Data at 903-201-7233.


Offsite Data Backup Should Not Be A Distraction

Executing an effective backup strategy should not distract from the IT department’s main focus of managing a quality environment. Data backups should be performed efficiently to ensure recovery, if ever needed, is quick and successful.

Salvus Data offsite backupWhy is  backup of the enterprise’s data storage more complex than sometimes expected. One of the reasons is because all data is not the same. The backup of the type of data must be considered.

Data backup and recovery is a learned discipline. Excessive time can be taken away from the main focus of the IT department in learning this discipline. Or, short cuts may be taken that cause severe issues when recovery is necessary. Refer to our post WHEN IS TIME MORE IMPORTANT THAN MONEY? – DURING DATA RECOVERY.

An offsite data backup process performed by an experienced managed service provider (MSP) offers efficiencies in the backup process and effective recovery of lost, deleted or corrupted data.

Salvus Data is a managed service provider offering an offsite data backup program for businesses. Salvus uses IBM’s Tivoli Storage Management (TSM) to provide optimal results to its customers. Call us to discuss your needs and see how we can help. 903-201-7233