Businesses need to be prepared for data storage and backup compliance
Companies need to take into account new legislation regarding the storage of information on IT systems.
The EU will soon adopt many of the corporate governance recommendations outlined in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the US, and UK businesses are expected to handle and manage explicit guidelines on how to manage email and other documents on their IT systems. IT managers must now consider the necessary procedures and technologies needed for compliance to ensure that technology can handle the new legislation.
The data storage regulation is currently rather lax, but there will be a large increase in the amount of data to be kept over the next 18 months to two years.
Email archiving, the increasing use of expensive write-once-only read-from-media, information lifecycle management and content-aware storage, as some of the technologies that businesses need to consider for the future, although in some cases, businesses simply have to improve their management of existing systems.
New legislation is expected to require an organization that archives solutions to ensure that the information they hold is unchanged, and to preserve it for a specific period before being automatically deleted.
A survey of 493 companies in the UK showed that compliance with regulations had a large or fairly significant impact on data storage strategies of 87% of the organizations surveyed. Backing and recovery were also very important to the data protection strategy of 93% of organizations.
78% of organizations’ future storage strategy will include Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape technology. This may be due to the very affordable and flexible nature of this new technology. The recent deployment of disk-to-disk (D2D2T) disk-to-disk (D2D2T) solutions has reduced the backup window by more than 70% on average, from fifteen hours to less than four, delivering considerable time and cost. savings in tire management.
Interestingly, the features of the product were far more important than the branding of the product, with 82% of organizations making a decision based on the product features. When it comes to deciding to choose a specialist storage provider or a general IT vendor for storage solutions, there was very little preference for specialized storage providers (51%) over general IT providers (49%).
This survey shows that compliance with regulations is an important driver of the enterprise security policy for businesses and that we are likely to see more companies in the future deploying Disk to Disk to Tape.
All of the above is good if you have a business, you have an annual IT budget of 500,000 and many staff members who can plan and complete such a system. Is it very easy to talk about SANs, NAS’s Virtual Tape Libaries. Organizations of this nature already have a very stable and flexible infrastructure, where it is comparatively easier to implement such a system.
What about the millennial smaller businesses like attorneys, accountants, medical practices and manufacturing etc that only have 2 servers on site but still have the same reliance on data and have to comply with the same legislation? A backup to tape is an option. However, there is a cost upfront and a requirement that a reputable staff member remove the tires from the site every night and keep them in a safe place. Can you guarantee that your backup has worked, and do you really trust that your data is long-term magnetic data? Another option is to archive your data on optical devices, but the cost is even more impeding than tape, and you still need to remove the disk from the outside.
No doubt your data is growing fast; legislation recently enforced, make sure of that. Why not use a backup and archiving solution that has no upfront costs is fully automated, secure and regardless of the disaster you will ensure that your data is always available;