Big Data Requires a Big Data Backup and Recovery Strategy

Big data is arriving from multiple sources at a high velocity, volume and variety. To manage big data, you need a strategy for handing this data that includes a data backup and recovery plan.

big data strategyBig data is being generated by everything around us at all times. Every digital process and social media exchange produces it. Systems, sensors and mobile devices transmit it. The Internet of Things (IoT) is generating the demand for a management plan for Big Data. Data is coming from specialized devices and applications and integrating with business applications. Businesses are integrating these specialized devices and applications with their core business processes for analytics and transactional business processing.

Big data must be incorporated in plans for search, development, governance and analytics. To relieve the pressure that big data is placing on your IT infrastructure, you can host some Big Data and analytics solutions on the cloud. Deciding on the correct mix of cloud storage and in-house storage is critical to a successful implementation that is using Big Data. To achieve economies and efficiencies, you can run certain analytics close to the data, while it is in motion. But for data you elect to store in-house, you can use a defensible disposal strategy that reduces the run rate of storage, legal expense and risk.

A data strategy is never complete without a Data Backup and Recovery strategy. A Big Data implementation presents a need for even more focus on the ability to recover from a catastrophic event quickly. However, if an organization is not staffed or tooled to design and execute a Big Data backup strategy of this level of complexity, 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. A company should look to a service provider that specializes in complex backup strategies while leaving the IT staff time to manage the daily tactical and long-term strategic activities.

Big Data Growth Drives Backup Requirements

Managing Big Data is a matter of cutting Macro data into Micro data slices. The large amounts of unstructured data need to be reduced to a view depicting each customer and prospect. When this occurs, the data is transformed into valuable market information that can help drive profits through targeted campaigns and company initiatives.
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Truaxis Insights states that organizations with successful implementation of advanced analytics see 33% more revenue growth and 12X more profit growth.

When looking at the retail industry some obstacles standing in front of full implementation have been that 80% of a retailer company’s data is unstructured according to Truaxis. Unstructured data is difficult to manage and interpret. Over half of the retailers are flooded with more data than they can handle.

While managing and analyzing the data is a challenge, ensuring the integrity of the data is also a factor that cannot be ignored. This data is mission-critical.

A Big Data implementation presents a need for even more focus on the ability to recover from a catastrophic event quickly. However, the IT staff is not often staffed or tooled to design and execute a backup strategy of this level of complexity.  The other consideration is that data backup and recovery can be managed remotely without having the live data be transferred to or running in a cloud environment.

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. A company should look to a service provider that specializes in complex backup strategies while leaving the IT staff time to manage the daily tactical and long-term strategic activities.

The Trends Causing the reevaluation of Data Protection Solutions

Customers using Data Backup and Recovery Solutions are reevaluating their present backup and recovery strategies. This is being motivated due to the increase in data complexity because of data variety, velocity and volume. The old IT process of delegating the data backup and recovery responsibilities to ‘the new guy’ are coming to an end. It is too important to treat Data Protection with anything less than a mission-critical effort.

Complex data This IDC study examines the worldwide data protection and recovery software market for the period from 2012 to 2017.

The abstract reads:

“The worldwide data protection and recovery software market in 2012 experienced continued growth as a result of a broad-based economic recovery. In addition, the worldwide data protection and recovery software market posted significant gains because of the greater adoption of storage optimization technologies such as data deduplication and the growth of customers needing to extend their protection schema to their rapidly growing virtualized protection environments,” said Robert Amatruda, research director for Data Protection and Recovery at IDC. “However, we have discovered incumbent vendors are vulnerable when customers reevaluate their data protection solutions, especially when customers are experiencing pain points associated with unabated data growth, the inability to meet aggressive SLAs, and a growing need to protect virtual machines (VMs).”

There is another market trend that is in play during this reevaluation of data protection strategies. That is the increased interest in employing a cloud provider for these services in the form of a managed service provider (MSP). The IT staff is overloaded with other duties and does not generally have the in depth training now needed to meet the challenge of protecting Big Data. Hpwever, reluctance to embrace a cloud solution can occur when the realization that the data may need to be relinquished to the cloud. However, this is not necessarily true.

A customer can choose to have the management of the data backup and restore processes provided by an MSP without moving the live data from the customer’s network. The management of the processes can be managed remotely by a data backup and recovery MSP while the live data remains within the customer’s environment. Salvus Data Consultants provide this model. The result is experienced Data B/R consultants are planning and managing this very critical function while freeing up the IT staff to concentrate on their areas of expertise.

As companies continue to require comprehensive data analytics using Big Data to remain competitive, then the need for sophisticated data backup and recovery processes will continue to increase in importance.