If it seems like threats to enterprise data keeps growing, it’s probably because of events like the recent ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline. The company, a supplier of 45 percent of the petroleum fuel need of the US East Coast, announced in early May the data breach and had to shut down pipelines for days while it worked on the problem.
What would happen to your client if they had to shut off their flow of product for days while they backtracked a data breach?
The pressure on mid-size and large enterprises to prevent similar situations in their own companies may lead to heavier work burdens on IT staff and management. Some organizations may be tempted to implement new solutions to protect data, which often means more hardware, software and data to configure, manage and protect.
Converging data protection and data storage just makes so much more sense than a siloed approach. A converged solution solves many problems by pooling data in one place. This makes it possible to store data no matter the location, whether it originates from a physical or virtual server.
With better allocation of storage resources, the enterprise can finally get a clear picture of how much resources to allocate to data storage. Solution providers, in turn, can plan better to for future provisioning as data needs grow.
But there are two even bigger benefits to a converged solution:
* Disaster Recovery: Converged data and storage protection allow for any enterprise to have true disaster recovery and if continuous data backups are supported with cloud-based recovery, any serious data breach can be overcome by doing a restore based on the uncompromised data backup versions.
* Unified Data Management: It’s easy to forget that “monitoring” is a huge part of IT staff and managers’ workloads. A converged data protection and storage solution with web-based monitoring solves problems of access—especially with mid-size to large enterprises that may have many locations and systems to monitor.
The work of monitoring data and the health of IT infrastructures supporting them is a large part of the work of information managers and workers. Making their job easier with web-based monitoring that can provide that overview to anywhere from anywhere is a benefit many overworked organizations would appreciate.
When coupling these two big features of converged data protection and storage (disaster recovery and unified data management), any organization will be on better footing to meet today’s data threats—and keep their product pipelines flowing.