Plan for Tomorrow’s Data
Whenever you review your BDR capabilities and emergency response plan, you should also consider the future capacities and usage patterns, because these are evolving quite rapidly as businesses begin to exploit AI.
With businesses increasingly moving to cloud backups due to shorter RTOs, there is growing concern about the rising costs of enterprise cloud storage.
Consider these 2025 global data predictions from IDC:
• About 30% of all data will be created in real time.
• About 60% of data will be created by enterprises.
• Half of the world’s data will reside in the public cloud.
• Enterprise data storage needs will grow about 60% annually.
• Cost of cloud storage is only falling 5-10% annually.
These factors have an important bearing on the optimum backup approach for different classes of data, depending on the applicable RPO/RTOs. And this is crucial to avoid out of control costs. New backup technologies can expand your options with continuous data protection, instant recovery, data reduction and virtualization each with different benefits, costs or savings. The myriad choices make it all the more important to understand stakeholders’ usage patterns.
Nuances in requirements together with a large range of backup and storage solutions can make technology selection quite complex. If you truly want to maximize control and minimize cost, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
DRP Testing is Critical
Your Disaster Recovery Plan is only as good as your last successful test. Business continuity testing isn’t about pass or fail. It’s about continuous improvement by learning from findings uncovered in a live exercise.
A well-orchestrated test strategy helps protect your brand and reduce risk.
• Identify gaps, and areas for improvement.
• Continually validate and improve plans.
• Satisfy compliance requirements and regulators.
•Reduce recovery time and cost.
Following any incident, once things return to normal, always review what caused the incident. How might this be prevented in future? Also review the recovery procedures you actually followed and reexamine the steps that could have gone smoother. Was something missing, is there a better way?
You can adapt these worksheets for the specific systems, applications and infrastructure in your environment.
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