Data Protection & Data Management
With the proliferation of data in today’s organizations, effective protection and management of data has become a number #1 priority. Data has become a very valuable asset on which businesses depend on. Backup and Recovery of data is even more critical but IT is challenged to do more with less. IT teams are now composed of fewer specialized roles, and more broad roles.
Pro Logic Data Protection & Data Management Solutions
Pro Logic is helping organizations manage their data in more efficient ways, either on-prem or in the cloud. Managing data in hybrid cloud architectures that have evolved into incompatible data silos brings additional challenges. Pro Logic has the expertise to help clients with these challenges. He are some of the Data Protection areas we focus on:
Selecting the right Data Protection Solution
Changing backup vendors always requires some level of technical or organizational effort. So, if you’re considering a change, here are some questions to ask: Is the backup solution something that has been around for years with little change? Is it something created from multiple company acquisitions that have been cobbled together? Does it require multiple systems and interfaces for managing backup and recovery, replication, archival, and compliance? Does it require dedicated employees with specialized skillsets to manage it? What kinds of professional services will this change require? What kind of personnel training?
A modern backup and recovery solution should support, optimize for, and integrate with all of the elements in your IT environment. Those might be physical elements, from sandboxed NAS systems to server clusters running SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Cassandra, MongoDB, or some other production database. They could be virtual elements built on VMware, Hyper-V, Nutanix, or something else. The elements might not even belong to you but to AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, or some other cloud provider.
Cloud Native Backup
Increasing numbers of organizations are using the cloud to run agile workloads and cloud-native apps. They are also embracing cloud storage and cloud archives due to rapidly declining costs. Although these options might make perfect business sense for the enterprise, they create management challenges for IT. We partner with leaving Technology Vendors to address these changes.
Backup Security & Ransomeware
Backups are a favorite target of hackers and identity thieves, so special measures are required to prevent bad actors from stealing or tampering with your data. Can you easily examine your backup system to see if it is vulnerable to underlying OS security issues? Are your backups immutable? Are they protected against a ransomware attack even if the system itself is misconfigured? The ability to manage backups is critical, particularly if they contain sensitive data that is subject to regulatory compliance.
In the area of security and compliance, today’s IT teams need to do much more than use OS tools to monitor system events and manage access control lists (ACLs). Data security today involves encryption both at-rest and in-transit, key management, and the ability to instantly recover from events ranging from system failure to data breaches and ransomware attacks. Depending on the industry in which you are operating (as well as the countries in which you are operating), you might be subject to regulations ranging from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You might be building payment systems that rely on the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) or conducting financial transactions that are subject to scrutiny under the terms of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Data Replication & DR Services
Replication is the capability to copy data from a primary location to a secondary location. This is often referred to as disaster recovery (DR) because it protects against a site-wide failure at the primary location. Replication only indirectly relates to RPO and RTO; the assumption is that most failures occur at the subsystem level rather than the site level.
The best way to evaluate RPO and RTO in your current system is to ask an executive to pick some data (use different granular types) from random points in time. Quantify how closely you can achieve your RPO and RTO in the recovery. Compare this to the cost of downtime while recovery is in place. This has always been one of the most challenging areas of backup and recovery systems.
Often O365 customers assume backup is included— making it an unexpected add-on purchase
Rarely do organizations investigate their Office 365 backup and recovery needs before moving.
Upon discovery of the gaps, many organizations investigate whether the native features are good enough rather than beginning an immediate search for a backup product and more budget.
O365 HA is good with 99.9% availability, but HA does not protect against accidental or malicious deletion or corruption.
If relying on the Recoverable Items folder, then someone has to know something has been deleted and notice it before the retention expires or that content is lost forever.
Cloud Data Management
Cloud Data Management services should be designed to orchestrate the management of mission-critical application data regardless of where it resides whether in on-premises datacenters or within private and public clouds— while unifying backup, instant recovery, replication, search, analytics, archival, compliance, and copy data management in one infinitely scalable, cloud vendor-agnostic software fabric. Any solution built for the cloud generation should be able to take advantage of policy-based automation to manage data programmatically throughout its life cycle. It should be able to use APIs to facilitate data management functions across multiple applications, clouds, and protocols—ensuring the flexibility you need without locking you in to
any particular cloud.