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Reality Hits: Prioritizing Information For Disaster Recovery

Caught in the Storm

Ask any records manager about “time windows” for recovering data and you’ll likely get something bordering exasperation in response. Being the subject of much debate in recent years, legal regulations and corporate policies have changed to require faster turnaround in case of disaster by taking into account the vast improvements in recovery speeds. Despite this, executives continue to desire even faster times; but seem unwilling or unable to pay for systems that would meet their ideal standards. With this in mind many staff members are considering a hybrid approach that can satisfy both management’s desires and economical budgeting.

While most organizations see data backup and recovery as critical, almost all of them doubt that they can be fully restored within a two hour window. This is a result of complexity (90% of managers state that they utilize multiple backup systems) and the cost of such goals: the amount of money required to keep systems constantly backed up is inversely proportional to the amount of time within you want information restored. Therefore, to meet budget requirements many IT managers are turning to the idea of prioritization. By deciding what information is critical to business operations and what is held onto for deep archiving, the important information can be backed up almost immediately while archived data can be restored more slowly; reducing the financial burden.

As the landscape changes so do best business practices. Gone are the days where conventional wisdom told you to backup any and all information; now it’s about what is necessary and relevant to today’s needs. Here at The Data Vault we have 30 years of experience consulting businesses on how to keep their practices in line with modern standards, contact us today and we can examine your organization as well!


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