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By Eran Farajun, Executive Vice President, Asigra
How Does Your Data Recovery Strategy Stack Up? Check Out the Industry’s First Data Recovery Trend Report
Focusing on the business value of backup, we compiled the industry’s first detailed report of data recovery trends. It provides empirical evidence about how often, how much and what kind of data organizations recover when they perform a restore. The report captures data recovery patterns and statistics over a 30-month period (ending August 1, 2016), across 1,089 organizations consisting of enterprises and small businesses in 134 countries and in eight vertical markets.
The report allows business leaders to assess their IT operational efficiency and compare their organizations with others in their vertical market and across other industries to learn if their recovery activities are in line with their peers. Businesses can also use data from the report to evaluate their current data protection solution and determine if that solution provides coverage for the most common recovery scenarios and if it does so at a fair price.
Key Trends and Insights
Key insights about current data recovery trends include:
To view the full report, download Data Protection Trends: Validating Recovery. For an overview of key results, download Asigra’s infographic Bringing Data Back: A Current View of Data Recovery Practices.
The Business Case for Data Recovery
Restoring only the select datasets required to get your business up and running may seem like a smart disaster recovery or business continuity strategy, but it raises the question that if the data shows that businesses recover on average less than 5 percent of data, why do many vendors charge as if organizations recover 100 percent of the data?
Also, as a rationale for data recovery, access to a previous generation of data is consistent with the growing frequency of ransomware attacks. Once a computer system is infected, its owners have a choice. They can pay ransom to have their system unlocked. Or, if they subscribe to a comprehensive data protection solution, they can rely on their provider to perform multiple rollbacks to a pre-infection recovery point and reinstate the uninfected data.
User Error and Accidental Deletion is the second most commonly cited reason for restoring data. This can in part be attributed to data that is deleted or lost on popular Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms such as Salesforce, Microsoft Office 365 and
For instance, vendors such as Salesforce charge their customers a fee for data recovery, and after 15 days, Salesforce customer records sent to the Recycle Bin can only be restored with the help of support at a cost of $10,000 per recovery. After 90 days, these Recycle Bin files are unrecoverable. Office 365 and Google Apps have similar policies.
Organizations using these services can pay the SaaS vendor to back up their data. But if the system goes down, as it did for Salesforce in May 2016, the backup the organization paid for and is counting on could be in the same data center – and perhaps on the same servers – that suffered from the data outage. Then your business is stuck trying to perform data recovery from dead equipment.
Unfortunately, traditional data protection strategies that protect data in the data center are not able to protect data in the cloud. Organizations need a comprehensive data protection solution that offers secure and reliable backup and recovery of data in cloud platforms, as well as all other endpoint devices.
How does your data recovery profile stack up?
Our Data Protection Trends: Validating Recovery report demonstrates the critical importance of a robust data recovery capability as a key feature of an organization’s data protection strategy. Our findings emphasize that the ultimate value of data
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About the Author
As a backup technology veteran with over 18 years of experience in cloud-based data protection, Eran frequently speaks at industry conferences, such as VMworld U.S., MSPWorld, Cloud Expo Europe and regional vertical focused events to evangelize and raise awareness about the business benefits achieved with cloud-based technologies.
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