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

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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.


Enterprise Data Backup is More Than Just Being Able to Get the Data Back

The purpose of enterprise data backup is more than just being prepared to restore data in the case of a catastrophic event resulting from weather or machine failure.

Court oder on data requirementsData backup and recovery strategies must also meet company policies regarding regulatory requirements, data breaches, ability to respond to court orders, and more. These requirements go beyond just putting the data back the way it was before the disaster.

Company policies may have varying stipulations for retention and restore requirements from the different areas of responsibilities. For instance:

Regulatory Requirements

A company knows what regulatory bodies they must comply with. However, that coordination is not always formalized between the IT staff responsible for data back and recovery and the department responsible for the regulatory compliance. Regulatory compliance can become quite complex and is often changing. For instance, an organization may find that they must comply with HIPAA because they handle medical records on their employees or students, FFIEC because they handle money, and FISMA because they participate in government grants. Each regulatory requirement can have unique data recovery responsibilities that are being modified on a sporadic basis.

Data Breaches

The Business Continuity department of large organizations is finding that their responsibilities have grown beyond people, facilities and information systems. The Business Continuity people are now approached with the responsibility of handling response, protection and recovery procedures if enterprise data is compromised. Data breaches are becoming more of a threat, both from a technical perspective and a reputation perspective. Data resilience is critical to the business regarding the increase in data breaches over the recent years.

Court Orders

An enterprise has the responsibility to be prepared to respond to court orders for information requests. In the case of litigation, the duty to preserve evidence can start with reasonable anticipation of litigation. As the litigation process proceeds, the data retention requirements may need to be dynamically altered from current standard company procedures.

Consider that data is not only to be backed up for protection of a catastrophic event, but, it also needs to be restored for many 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.

Consult with Data Backup and Recovery specialists, such as Salvus Data Consultants to ensure your organizations is taking into considerations all data recovery requirements.

A Two Part Answer to the Challenge of Increased Data Complexity

Data integrity in an enterprise must be maintained. However, the small and medium size enterprise needs to address two areas of increased complexity;  the increased complexity of data and the increasing complexities of IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager to meet the requirements of complex data types and sources. These complexities stretch the ability of the IT staff  to handle even the minimum service levels of Data Backup and Recovery.Gear

Data a complexities are coming from the necessity for the SMB to understand sentiment, cyclical headwinds and other related influences. These non-traditional factors are contained in unstructured data from Social Media and News sources.

Tivoli addresses complex data, or otherwise termed as Big Data. The IBM Tivoli Storage Manager family enables outstanding efficiency, simplicity and scalability for virtual, physical and cloud backup environments of all sizes. TSM reduces backup and recovery infrastructure costs by up to 38% and protects up to ten times more user data per day per backup server.

The SMB generally has limited budget and Data Backup know-how. The question becomes where does the small and medium size business turn to develop and execute a sound data backup and recovery strategy – a strategy that will not reduce the company’s ability to compete, but, will increase its viability and sustainability.

The SMB needing to ensure data integrity across the enterprise should utilize Tivoli along with AAA accredited support personnel.

A Data backup and recovery Managed Service Provider (MSP) is an excellent solution to the new challenges of Big Data. An MSP can remotely executes the SMB’s business critical backup strategy. Salvus Data, a data backup and recovery MSP, centrally monitor and manage your backup environments more cost-effectively and with increased service levels. Salvus does this while the SMB’s data remains within the network walls of the SMB. This improves backup success rates and data recovery, as well as, dramatically reducing the cost of running TSM. Contact a Tivoli AAA certified MSP; Salvus Data Consultants