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In addition, please join HDS at the following key Breakout Sessions:
Cloudy with a chance of dedupe – making the transition to cloud for long term data retention:
Tuesday, September 13th
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Let’s face it, using tape is a pain in the neck! With the ubiquitous adoption of backup appliances and disk-to-disk backups, you would have thought that magnetic tapes would have been dead and buried years ago, but such is not the case. Many organization still rely on tape for long term data retention and disaster recovery, but more and more are starting to break the bonds of tape. In this session you will learn how you can leverage the power of a private cloud for long term data retention and transition away, once and for all, from using tape for disaster recovery. You’ll see real world examples of how some of the biggest companies in the world have made the transition and learn from their mistakes and successes.
Intelligent Storage & Data Insight – the smart way to super charge Information Governance:
Wednesday, September 14th
2:15PM - 3:15PM
Many people understand the basics of information management to improve IT operations and lead to lower TCO, but few truly understand how using the powerful combination of data insight and intelligent storage can help organizations drive a wide range of benefits throughout the whole organization, both inside and outside of IT. Attend this session to learn how to reduce cost and improve operational efficiency through Veritas and HDS technology and services.
5 DATA PROTECTION PITFALLS TO AVOID IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
As you make your way through the new Digital Economy, you need to have a data protection strategy you can trust will protect the data that is the lifeblood of your organization. Modern approaches are needed to ensure optimal performance and availability of your IT systems and, most importantly, to protect that data.
Navigating the various data protection solutions from physical to virtual to private and public clouds while ensuring enterprise scalability can be fraught with pitfalls. Below are five critical pitfalls to avoid when building a successful data protection strategy for your organization.
Learn to Adapt or Risk Going Out of Business
In this Digital Economy IT needs to be more agile and responsive to changing business demands. Quickly adopting new technologies are one way IT can rapidly address new requirements. However, this can lead to new inefficiencies if point solutions for data protection are utilized. Gartner advocates that “Organizations need a holistic protection strategy, a single platform or solution, to handle the variety of data types and workloads as opposed to integrating a number of disparate point solutions, which proves to be costly and time consuming”.1 Avoid this by choosing a unified data protection platform with the flexibility and scalability to meet your current and future business needs.
Stop Killing Your Staff’s Productivity
Enterprises are struggling with massive data growth with budgets that are stagnant or even shrinking. This places a lot of pressure on IT staff to do more with less. According to ESG, “64% of IT budgets are spent keeping the lights on supporting existing operations and often doing things the way they have always been done before.”2 Transitioning from build-your-own solutions to complete integrated solutions is one way to get back much needed time, both during installation and ongoing management. Building your own solution requires additional staff time to acquire, install and integrate, manage, patch and update. In addition, which vendor do you call if you have a problem? Integrated solutions allow you to consolidate multiple, disparate point products, to create even greater staff efficiencies and resource utilization. According to IDC, “In many cases, customers are able to achieve improvements in operational expenditure immediately after deployment.”3 Select a vendor that provides you with an integrated solution to save your staff’s valuable time for more strategic projects. Research shows you can typically reduce operating expenditures (OpEx) by 30 percent and receive payback within 15 months after your initial investment.
You Can’t Protect What You Can’t See
Oracle® is the leading database solution for many organizations. However, in many cases, the Oracle application and data protection teams don’t have visibility to each others processes. If the application and data protection software are not tightly coupled, then neither team can see what the other is doing. This can lead to blind spots for the data protection team with no visibility to whether backups were completed and where they are stored, while neither group has end-to-end control of data protection. According to Jason Buffington, ESG Sr. Analyst, “those databases are corporate data and therefore they should be protected to whatever the corporate standard is; for retention, copies, etc.”5 Break down these barriers with an integrated solution that provides both the backup and database admin the same view into data protection, with the self-service capabilities to maximize their efficiency. Look for a solution that allows Oracle administrators to continue to work with the tools they know and love, while providing the comprehensive visibility that backup administrators expect. Create a win-win for both groups and deliver flexible, scalable, fast and reliable application protection.
Stop Paying Unnecessary License Fees
It seems like every transaction requires a fee, from ATM fees to credit card and checking account fees. In fact, some organizations are even paying software licensing fees for creating additional copies of their own data. It’s only reasonable to pay just for the data you wish to protect. You should be able to make as many copies of your data as you like without a penalty. Unfortunately, many vendors charge for back-end capacity. Every time you make a backup copy, or make a copy for another location, you are forced to pay for more software licensing. This is wrong as the purpose of backup is to have multiple copies in multiple locations! Make sure the solution you choose has software licensing based on the front-end capacity you wish to protect and is independent of the hardware utilized. This will ensure you only pay for what you use and provides you the greatest investment protection going forward.
Don’t Protect All Data Equally
Today, organizations have very little visibility into their data infrastructure, unable to discern what data is important or not. This creates significant inefficiencies as all data must then be treated the same, whether it is important customer data or pictures from an employee’s vacation. It is very difficult to think strategically and improve data protection effectiveness if all data has to be protected equally. Organizations need to have visibility and insight into their data to make better decisions about how to manage and protect it. Knowing where the data is located, the type of data, who owns it, and how old is it are all important factors. This knowledge can improve staff efficiencies and reduce costs, especially primary and data protection storage.
One More Piece of Advice . . .
Choose a solution from vendors that knows data and can provide you with a complete end-to-end solution that meets your needs today and can easily grow to meet future needs. NO ONE KNOWS DATA LIKE VERITAS and HITACHI DATA SYSTEMS!
Hitachi is the leader and undisputed champion of enterprise-class storage systems and Veritas is the #1 Market Leader in Data Protection and Archiving. Hitachi and Veritas have been partners since 2014 and have worked together to help the world’s largest and most complex organizations with one thing – data. We have proven processes, people and integrated technology to enable you to build a successful data protection strategy for your organization and avoid all the data protection pitfalls in the new Digital Economy.
Hitachi Data Systems will be part of the keynote panel held on Wednesday from 8:30am – 10:00am:
Determining the Real Value of Your Information – Doug Laney, Gartner Best Practices Protecting and Governing Data-Partner Panel and Mark Nutt Panel made up of Platinum Partners including Forsythe, Hitachi and HPE.