Cloud Infrastructure and Data Protection
Data protection is very simply, the act of protecting data across its entire lifecycle. This means:
- Securing it at the time of creation
- Monitoring for data loss prevention
- Securing and centralizing storage to prevent unauthorized access
- Performing data inventory for litigation readiness and cost savings
- Retention and disposition management, and
- Backup to prevent data loss and to enable disaster recovery
Historically companies provide backups to help meet data protection needs. A backup allows recovery from an outage – it’s simply a second copy of an individual application, file, or server. While a backup allows you to restore your data to a certain point, it’s disruptive to business operations and usually not enough to guarantee full data protection.
Bishop can help create data protection strategies that look at the data lifecycle holistically and provide solutions that are complementary and cost-efficient rather than independent technologies that overlap and create separate data silos.
Disaster Recovery protects against an entire site being lost. There are multiple ways to implement disaster recovery for data protection. The simplest is to make an extra copy of your backup and store it off-site. If there is a system failure, you would restore the data on new hardware. This method could stop business operations for a considerable amount of time since you have to acquire new infrastructure and restore everything. Most businesses could not survive being out of operation for more than 2 weeks. A slightly better method for relying on an extra backup copy, is to contract with a colocation provider, but even then it may take a couple days to recover your site. For many organizations, even this relatively small amount of downtime is unacceptable.
For these companies, replication of the data rather than restoration of data is needed for full data protection. Companies require a secondary data center with a second set of infrastructure that they can failover to seamlessly. The last level of Data Recovery is Business Continuity with replication, meaning the failover is seamless in the event of a planned or unplanned outage. An organization would have 2 data centers that are actively up and running and as a result, a server or application outage would not be noticed. Redundancy across geographies also helps ensure data protection. Business continuity and high availability is the ultimate goal where your organization can continue to operate if a single system or entire site experiences an outage.
While data protection was previously a very manual and expensive process, it is now a part of many cloud solutions.
Azure backup solutions allow for new models of data protection with significant cost savings and shorter recovery times. Backing up to Azure ensures a secondary copy is ready immediately in a secondary physical location. Cloud infrastructure and virtualization allow for hybrid models of these solutions so you're not paying to run and maintain a second set of hardware or even a second datacenter.
Bishop’s Business Continuity Solutions
Bishop can help you form a business continuity plan to make sure your processes and solutions work when you experience an outage, planned or unplanned. With a good backup and disaster recovery plan, and solutions to support them, you are well on your way to building a solid data protection strategy to ensure business continuity and reduce risk.
- Azure Backup Solutions
Azure Backup is a scalable data protection solution that requires minimal operating costs and zero capital investment. Azure backup protects your critical business applications whether they’re in on-premise, hybrid or cloud environments. Tapes have long been used for backup, but with the growing amount of data in most organizations, it is no longer a viable solution for data protection. Microsoft Azure backup is much cheaper than tape, easier to manage, and has a quicker recovery time which is essential for high-value applications and data. Clients can schedule backups daily, weekly, monthly and yearly to meet their data protection needs and after the initial seeding, the backups are incremental to reduce bandwidth and storage resources. With Azure Backup solutions, you can be certain that your data will be secure, and protected for quick recovery.
- Disaster Recovery
Know you’re open for business, even if disaster strikes. Get your business back up and running in minutes when the unexpected happens with Azure Site Recovery, which offers an automated disaster recover solution in the cloud – without requiring major capital expense. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), many of those that lose their information technology for nine days or more after a disaster go bankrupt within a year. Don’t let that be your fate. A disaster recovery plan will help you coordinate replication, failover and recovery of workloads and applications so they’re available from a secondary location if your location goes down or is hit by disaster. Like fire or tornado drills, it’s good to practice your emergency plan. Azure Site Recovery enables you to test your data protection plan with disaster recovery drills (that don’t affect your production environments). While disaster recovery is especially helpful for unexpected disasters, it also allows you to plan failovers for expected outages; once the outage has passed, you can failback to your main sites. Protect your IT systems and ensure data protection with a solid Disaster Recovery strategy.