All data is valuable. But when disaster strikes and the clock is ticking, with business operations and customers hanging in the balance, is some data more important? That’s the thinking behind the newest approach to data protection and disaster recovery: prioritizing certain data in order to avoid downtime and minimize customer impact.
Taking Cues from Cybersecurity
Adopting a tiered approach to data protection mirrors cybersecurity’s prioritized defenses, says Tech Target. In cybersecurity, multiple tiers are used to from data against the many different internal and external threats that loom every day. The thinking behind tiered data protection is similar: protecting data from the different outages – such as severe weather, ransomware, hardware failure or simple human error – that can occur.
More Data Equals Longer Recovery Time
As data storage has grown more accessible and affordable, so has the volume of data being stored by many organizations. While this is good from an overall business perspective, it’s not ideal for disaster recovery. Customers are increasingly intolerant of downtime, and taking that valuable time to load data that isn’t essential to operations could mean a significant loss in sales and customer satisfaction.
Start Slowly and Keep it Simple
For best results, disaster recovery solutions should include multiple data tiers, each supported by multiple points and layers. But tiering doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. Defining and understanding your organization’s priorities is the first step, and something is always better than nothing.
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