The evolution of today’s IT landscape continues to present organizations with unique challenges in protecting their most valuable asset, their data. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, data has taken on the life of a nomad. IT leaders have an incredible amount of choice when it comes to how to protect and manage that data. There are many factors to consider for every solution. Services such as compute, containers, and APIs are composable. The savings from infinite, elastic, and affordable public clouds are impossible to ignore. Major cloud providers continually add capabilities and lower the price points of their offerings.

 

Every data protection solution provider (including on-premises and public providers) writes data using their own proprietary code when performing a backup or data protection operation. Copyrighted and patented solutions make it difficult to recover data between disparate solution sets. This makes changing solution providers a not-so-trivial operation when it comes to data protection.

 

When choosing a data protection and management solution, it is imperative to plan for how to recover that data. All business entities are obligated by law to retain their data for a certain period of time. Running two data protection solutions simultaneously is inefficient and unproductive, and the cost of managing two solutions, including resourcing, hardware, and solution licensing, is not sustainable.

 

What happens when your business has a set of requirements that your current solution does not meet and are not on your existing solution provider’s roadmap?

 

Here are some of your options.

Migrate protected data to a new solution

For most organizations, running and managing two data protection solutions at the same time is not an option. To get around this complexity, you can work with your solution provider to migrate data from your old solution to a new solution. Some data protection solution providers have tools that can assist with migrating protected data. As part of the process, you can choose to move your protected data to a media of your choice, or you can store the data with a storage service provider.

Recover and protect existing data

A primary objective for any data protection solution is to meet agreed-upon service levels and compliance regulations. During the solution design phase, consider how you would migrate data that is protected by your current solution. One option would be to recover data using the old solution at a staging location and then protect the recovered data using the new solution. This gives you complete control over your data and tests your ability to recover it.

Use a data recovery and management service

Most organizations don’t want to have to worry about managing and maintaining their data. There are many capable service providers that can protect and manage business data for you while adhering to agreed-upon service levels. This option also extends the resourcing and technology capability of the business. With a service provider, you can focus on growth whilst leaving the data management and recovery tasks to the experts.

 

Choosing a new data protection solution is always a challenging process. Think carefully about your business requirements and the options at hand. Is the solution simple, yet versatile? Does it have strong public cloud integration and a policy-based architecture? Independent of the hardware, does the vendor have a clear and proven roadmap? Only you can decide what’s best for your business.

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Ajay Nabh

Ajay is a Senior Data Management Consultant at Systems Advisory Services in Auckland, New Zealand, where he is responsible for translating business requirements into IT solutions utilizing NetApp and partner technologies. He's been a NetApp fan for the past 11 years, and enjoys working with customers to implement NetApp's vision and solve critical challenges in their environments.

When he's not at the office, Ajay is a master chef!...in his own house, that is. He loves trying fusion and freestyle recipes out with his family and friends. He is a vendor contributor at whatmatrix.com. He's also an active volunteer with Age Concern New Zealand, a charity dedicated to supporting the needs of senior citizens in the region.