Data Protection: Adapting To The Sea Change (III)

Enterprises should implement an overall data protection strategy based on a data protection “framework.”

Enterprises are attacking business continuity, backup and recovery process, and compliance as if they are unrelated problems, but they really all relate to one another in the context of data protection. The data protection “framework” allows the correct allocation of investment and resources to these three areas, as well as other data protection investments.

Business continuity is a key risk management function of any enterprise. Business continuity is about preventing or ameliorating disruptive impacts on the business that range from threats to survival to productivity drains. One of these disruptive impacts is data loss, and data protection avoids data loss.

Temporary loss of data requires that the data be restored before further disruption can occur. Using backup and recovery software is one way of restoring the data.

Compliance data is a special case of data protection to prevent disruptions that would be associated with non-compliance.

Relating all three areas — business continuity, the backup and recovery process, and compliance — through their relationships with data protection is just part of understanding the overall framework of data protection.

Understanding that framework is important so that an enterprise can put in place a data protection strategy that takes these three aspects — as well as many others — into the proper context so that the proper degrees of data protection and the proper levels of investment are in place