Data is at the heart of every organization, and management understands that it must be protected against all different types of threats including natural disasters, power outages, IT outages, cyberattacks, ransomware, and not to mention, human error.
In the goal of making sure data is protected and recoverable, organizations need to put into place a plan that specifies the number of copies, frequency of replication, recovery point objectives (RPO), recovery time objectives (RTO) and more KPIs in line with business operation goals. The key is to ensure they are realistic and achievable.
The true test of even the most comprehensive plan, though, is that data is actually recoverable. A disaster/data backup and recovery solution is a necessity but only part of the story since such solutions are only as good as their last backup. If data files with errors are backed up, they will not be useful if and when they are needed.
What can an organization do to ensure data is recoverable and that upon restoration, there are no inconsistencies?
How does AvailabilityGuard™ help? In complex IT environments, misconfigurations are frequently the cause of data inconsistencies and can lead to data loss. Working unobtrusively in the background, AvailabilityGuard identifies misconfigurations and other errors and provides detailed instructions as to how to repair them before they impact data integrity or cause service disruptions. The solution also produces a Data Protection Status report which, on an ongoing basis, provides details about the methods used to protect data, the last copy made, available recovery points, location of the system backup, the server involved, and more. AvailabilityGuard is the foundation for successful data recovery.
In the banking and financial services industry, regulators and central banks are beginning to step in to safeguard customers’ rights when IT outages occur and as a result, account holders are left without access to their funds. Not only do they specify that data copies must be stored offsite, but that data must be maintained in a manner that aligns with organizations’ stated RPO. Maximum allowable outage times are also being discussed as well as fines and other sanctions when these are violated.
With time, it is presumed that regulations will extend to other industries as well. It is in all parties’ interest to ensure that error-free data is backed up and recoverable.
AvailabilityGuard gives IT teams the tools to achieve resilience for their active and backup IT environments.