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Planning for Data Access, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

How do you plan for Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity that ensures your data remains accessible at all times?

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Data Access and Disaster Recovery Storage Clusters

In recent years, we have seen an increase in the importance of data access directly from the archive, driven by on-demand use cases and global collaboration. As a result, for content-centered workflows, the primary requirement is shifting from being low-cost to being instantly accessible. Why? Because media-centric organizations, research facilities, governments and corporations worldwide want to monetize and use the vast amounts of data being created. Look up “data is the new oil” on Google, and you will see not only the original article but all the spin-off discussions.

Disaster Recovery Planning in the Past

Historically, when looking at Disaster Planning, organizations considered ransomware attacks, data or site loss. “I need to be able to recover my data within x hours” or “I need to be able to stand up another site in x days.” These questions are all still very relevant, however, with COVID-19, site quarantines are something IT execs now at a minimum discuss and have a plan for. In these scenarios, staff at sites is dramatically reduced, however, the site itself is still operable. This is where data accessibility becomes important. If your data and archives are still accessible, many media and content-driven organizations can ensure an acceptable level of business continuity during these events.

Disaster Recovery Planning in 2020

On our February 2020 Brews & Bytes episode, StorageDNA CEO Tribid “TC” Chakravarty made some excellent points regarding what IT executives should think about when developing their Disaster Recovery (DR) plan and they all centered around ensuring continued data accessibility, not just the ability to recover data. TC suggested that you should take a 3-2-1-1 approach to Backup and DR; that is, you should keep 3 copies of data on 2 different types of media with 1 offsite and 1 instantly accessible in a private or public cloud (as opposed to the traditional 3-2-1 rule that doesn’t include 1 instantly accessible archived copy). We at Caringo agree with TC.

How Can You Ensure Continued Data Accessibility?

There are many technologies and options to ensure remote collaboration and continued data accessibility such as object storage, online meeting platforms, cloud services and collaboration platforms.

At Caringo, we have developed a rich ecosystem of technology and business partnerships to enable you to use best-of-breed solutions to keep your data online and accessible. This month, we have two live online events so you can learn more about ensuring and enabling data accessibility for your organization’s Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan.

Managing Data in HPC & Research Environments

Learn How to Manage Data in HPC & Research Environments

On March 24, join us for our Tech Tuesday webinar featuring Rachana Ananthakrishnan, Globus Head of Product, and Eric Dey, Caringo Director of Product. They will discuss managing data in HPC and research environments. The Globus platform enables global access to data by distributed research organizations.

On-Premises & Cloud Storage, Friend or Foes? Caringo and Wasabi Cloud Storage Solution

Learn About On-Premises + Cloud Storage

On March 26, our 3rd episode of Brews & Bytes will hit the airwaves. In this livestream webcast, I’ll host David Boland, Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage’s Director of Product Marketing, and Eric Dey for a lively discussion focused on whether on-premises and cloud storage can coexist in your workflows.

Caringo and Wasabi will both be at GlobusWorld 2020 April 29-30.

Adrian Herrera
Adrian Herrera

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Adrian "AJ" Herrera has over 20 years of experience bringing innovative storage, cloud and media software and services to market. With an MBA from San Diego State University and a BS in Information Systems from Chapman University, AJ serves as Caringo's VP of Marketing.

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