Making The Unpredictable, Predictable: The Challenge Of Data Restoration
While technology news outlets tell stories of moving to the cloud, big data
and cybersecurity threats, IT teams deal with the reality of an information driven
business world: the challenge of storing an ever-increasing amount
of data. We have an insatiable desire to keep everything from email to
spreadsheets, just in case we might need them in the future. And while
tape and hard drive storage costs continue to drop, the growth in data is
far outstripping that rate.
As if dealing with the technical challenge of managing all this data were
not enough, IT is faced with another challenge: how to handle data
restoration for legal and regulatory events. These kinds of events are
unpredictable from both a timing and scope perspective — playing havoc
with IT budgets and planning.
Financial Impacts Of Data Restoration
Unfortunately, unexpected data events are not discretionary, and IT has
to find a way to handle them regardless of competing priorities. When the
data is readily identifiable and available, the disruption may be minimal;
however, sometimes the location of the data may be unclear or may be in
obsolete formats or media. In these cases, IT can face difficult challenges.
For example, IT may need to know where the data is located (in-house or
in the cloud), if it’s available in a human-readable format and how quickly it
can be found and restored into a format that’s presentable in court.
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