Rob Van Lubek, area vice president, North Europe, at Commvault, looks at the five fundamentals of a successful data management strategy.
The need for a holistic data management strategy has been brought on by the move to the cloud, application explosion, increasing demand for security and compliance, and anywhere computing. With data at the centre of everything, enterprises now more than ever need the ability to activate data regardless of where it resides. These five fundamentals provide smart advice on how organisations can launch a holistic strategy and gain insights and value from their data in disparate environments.
The five fundamentals are:
Know your data – Organisations today need to have control over where data is stored, how secure it is and how available it is for fast recovery, test/dev, disaster recovery, reporting and business analytics. By embracing a rich, broad, dynamic and scalable index, organisations can collect, modify and organise all their information.
Federate your data – In today’s data universe, enterprises don’t just have a few data points and silos, they have many and may not know what data they have or where it is located. To federate data is not only to seamlessly protect, recover, move, find and deliver applications with data spanning different infrastructures, but also to also access and use data without having to move it.
Mobilise your data – Organisations need to aggregate their data, which currently resides in array of locations – on-premise, in the cloud, in virtual environments and on mobile. To successfully mobilise, organisations must be able to back up data on these devices to prevent data loss and wipe all important data from a device.
Govern your data – Complying with an increasing number of compliance requirements in regulated industries is today’s reality. By having data federated under one corporate governance capability, organisations can understand what data they have, where it resides and have the ability to put auditable policies on data ensuring compliance.
Secure your data – In this world of hacks, malware, ransomware and other threats, both internal and external, organisations need to be able to secure their data. A truly security focused strategy assesses the authentication of the person who wants to access data, confirmation that the person has access to the right data, and ensures data is secured, encrypted and password protected.
It’s no secret that the IT industry and customers across the world are at a tipping point of disruption and face complex questions on how to efficiently deal with an explosion of different types of applications, data and IT infrastructures. Bringing these fundamentals together requires a data platform that empowers organisations to control this data universe to drive value and business insight. This platform centric approach allows customers to streamline processes and operations, and therefore easily manage their data, and eliminate downtime and workload impact.