Can the Data Remain Within the Customer’s Control While Data Backup and Recovery is Moved to the Cloud?

Nine out of ten global CEOs view the cloud as critical to their business plans according to IBM.

Junior technician learning Data backupIt is no surprise that IBM Pulse 2014 is shaping up to be another very successful conference. Pulse is IBM’s premier cloud conference. It is being held in Las Vegas on February 23rd through the 26th.

The conference will be covering the power of cloud computing. Included in this discussion are Managed Service Providers (MSP), from cloud and storage to traditional data center, managed network services, and mobile device management. Eighty-five percent of new software this year will be built for cloud delivery.

When the term “cloud” is mentioned, most of us visualize a specific service  that we are familiar. We also visualize that service to be all-inclusive. An example would be data backup and recovery where all the data and the processes are expected to be deployed in the cloud. But, this is not the only model that is possible. A hybrid model may be the preferred in certain cases.

In the case of data backup and recovery, for instance, the data can remain within the customer’s network and deployed off site at the customer’s choice location, while the processes are managed in the cloud. The benefit gained by deploying the data backup processes in the cloud is having the management of the data backup and recovery performed and scheduled remotely by data consultants that specialize in this field. An additional benefit is to remove the burden from the already stretched IT staff.

As we have discussed in previous posts, the alternative of moving the process of data backup and recovery to the cloud is all too often to pick the most junior IT professional on staff and assign that person the task of data backup processes. Picking a junior person for this task  ‘ticks the box’ for upper management and all is well. That is until disaster strikes and that data needs to be recovered. This is to say nothing of the daily and weekly inefficiencies that can be caused by data backup processes developed by an inexperienced individual.

There are Data Backup/Recovery Managed Service Providers (DB/R MSP) that provide remote management of the Backup process, along with professional Disaster Backup and Recovery consultation. Contracting a DB/R MSP with the model of remote DB/R management allows the SMB to maintain their data locally without the need to hire new staff or train existing staff in sophisticated data backup and recovery processes.

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Salvus Data Consultants Provides Tivoli Storage Manager Through a Managed Service

Salvus Data uses IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) to help you meet your disaster recovery and regulatory requirements. Salvus Data performs all data backup and recovery management functions remotely as a Managed Service (MSP). This allow the experts in Data Backup at Salvus Data to be on your team, freeing up your IT staff to focus on their mission-critical activities.

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager

As we stated in a previous blog post called Considerations In The Analysis of a Data Backup and Recovery Process“The design of the Data Backup process has multiple dimensions. These multiple dimensions must all be considered when designing the process, handling of exceptions and the physical network to support the backup and restore process. ”

To effectively accommodate these multiple dimensions, Salvus Data uses Tivoli Storage Manager because of its;

  • Backup and recovery management – A single administrator interface allows configuration, monitoring, reporting and backup/recovery execution across the entire complex IT environment.
  • Hierarchical storage management – Enables policy-based management of file backup and archiving, with automatic migration of data between tiers of storage. This feature reduces storage media requirements and administrative costs associated with managing data.
  • Scalability – Manage as many as four billion data objects in a single Tivoli Storage Manager server.
  • Advanced data reduction – Combines progressive incremental backup, source and target data deduplication, compression and tape management. This advanced technology cuts data storage costs, decreases environmental requirements and simplifies administration.

Salvus Data Consultants is a proven leader in TSM Managed Services. They assist your business in controlling costs and eliminate inefficiencies by aligning business unit priorities with IT capabilities, helping your business achieve the objectives that are essential for your growth.

Salvus Data Consultants centrally monitors and manages your backup environments more cost-effectively and with increased service levels. Contact them to better understand the advantage of having your Data Backup and Recovery plans managed remotely by a leading TSM integrator offering a range of backup solutions and services. Call 903-201-7233

Considerations in the Analysis of a Data Backup and Recovery Process

Backing up your company’s data is one of those tasks the IT staff just needs to get done. But, what analysis needs to be done before the backup process is implemented.

Dimensions of a Data Backup and RestoreThe first step is to change the belief that Data Backup /Recovery is merely copying the data to some other place so the data can be restored if it is lost. IT staffs are overloaded with mission critical day-today activities. It is understandable that Data Backup may be assigned to the newest member of the team and not deeply analyzed. However, it will become the most critical task the IT staff will undertake when that data needs to be recovered. And, there are many reasons that the data may need to be restored.

The design of the Data Backup process has multiple dimensions. These multiple dimensions must all be considered when designing the process, handling of exceptions and the physical network to support the backup and restore process.  And one dimension cannot be discussed without overlaying the other dimensions to develop a complete solution. The analysis must consider the function of the data, the medium the data is on, the physical location of the data in relation to the location of its backup site, to name just a few.

The first thing to consider is that the data is not only to be backed up, but it also needs to be able to be restored. This sounds simplistic, but restore times and methodology is often not considered. Like a backup not merely being a copy of the data to somewhere else, recovery is not merely the ability to copy the data back to its original location. Much more must go into this part of the analysis. For instance, a restore may not be needed just because a catastrophic event occurred. It may be needed because of regulatory requirements or a court order, for instance.

The industry that the company resides must also be considered. The analysis must take into consideration any regulatory requirements that must be met. These regulatory bodies may be industry, State, Federal or others. The regulatory body may require the ability to perform a restore within a certain length of time, just as an example.

Recovery time requirements are so very important. The business requirement may require a certain restore time. In other words, if it takes so long to restore the entire environment that the company is no longer able to remain in business, then what’s the point? A regulatory body requirement is not met, then financially damaging fees may be assessed to the company.

A major part of the backup and recovery process is the physical network. To name just a few of factors that impact the infrastructure design would be the frequency of the backups, the required time for the restore to be completed for effectiveness, the medium the data resides, the proximity of the backup location to the original site, etc. Networks may be under-powered to meet data backup and recovery requirements.

Another dimension of the Data Backup process is the medium the data resides. All considerations must be applied to each type of data that exists in the computer environment. This is true for the backup and the restore processes of the data.

Data backup and recovery is a discipline mastered by those that specialize in it. A data backup/recovery professional would not find the issue of Data Backup simplistic, because it is quite complex.

Data backup/recovery is a mission-critical process that requires the same attention as the most important ERP and CRM applications. Salvus Data Consultants specializes in data backup/recovery and disaster recovery planning. Salvus uses Tivoli Storage Management (TSM) remotely to manage your Data B/R plan for you.