Cloud Data Management Report
Leaders rightly understand the importance of becoming a more intelligent business to their future success, and this starts with a strong data protection and data management foundation. By harnessing these capabilities, business leaders and employees will have a clearer view of what’s happening across the organization, and deliver data availability, data agility, and business acceleration. This will enable the business to be more adaptive and responsive, which is critical in the current fast-changing environment.
However, at present, data management strategies can leave serious gaps when it comes to recoverability and availability. This can compromise employees, customers and the business’ public standing, creating issues today and hindering future transformation plans.
The reasons behind availability and recoverability gaps are understandable:
- Many IT infrastructures have evolved rapidly in recent years, incorporating a greater number of both mission-critical applications and important data in the cloud. This has put pressure on SLAs — but IT teams may not have the budget or tools needed to deliver them.
- Many organizations haven’t aligned their protection frequency or recovery mechanisms with their business units’ SLAs, resulting in an availability shortfall.
- Many organizations don’t have the tools in place to precisely quantify the impacts of downtime and data loss, making it difficult to secure financial and operational support for improvements to their mechanisms
To secure their future prosperity, businesses should begin by reassessing their data protection and data management strategies, focusing on the attributes of the most successful companies. That means:
- Drawing on the cloud to deliver flexible, reliable data availability, backup and recovery, that will grow with the business.
- Enhancing capabilities in the business, to ensure employees can draw on data insights and use new technologies as they are deployed.
- Creating a culture that is adaptable and open to new technologies, so that people can evolve with the organization.
- Fostering a sense of confidence in the business’ digital capabilities, built on strong data foundations.
It is essential organizations put in place first a strong data management foundation, to ensure that their digital investments deliver the returns that they expect, creating a more intelligent — and more successful — business.