Posts Tagged ‘Data Loss’

Losing Data Is No Treat

Brian Heckert

Principal Content Editor, Dell EMC
My first long-term exposure to technology was the typewriter. I still love that invention, which really sparked my interest in writing. For the past 20 years, I have worked in high tech as a content development specialist, marketing writer, and documentation editor. Prior to working in the software industry, I was a journalist, photographer, photo editor, and military fire fighter. After hours, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, and hiking in the mountains.

The truth is, when it comes to Halloween, we all like the treats (the best), but none of us want the tricks (the worst). That’s an easy choice when it’s October 31. But when we’re facing life as it really is, we don’t always get to choose. For example, sometimes disasters happen, and no amount of wishing is going to change the inevitable.

Grinning pumpkin lantern or jack-o'-lantern.

I am reminded of a neighbor friend of mine who really enjoys Halloween. On that day he can dress up to look like just about anything frightening. During all other days of the year he works for a commercial and home restoration service company (that is, his business cleans up damage and makes repairs after disasters such as a flood, fire, or earthquake). He once said something to me that I’ve never forgotten: Expect the best, prepare for the worst. Although my neighbor was referring to structural damage, recently it got me thinking about the likelihood of “data damage.”

Fortunately, there are proven methods that allow you to be proactive about safeguarding your data from potential disasters—whether human-made (including ransomware!) or natural—and ensuring that you always have 24×7 access to your important files. For a moment, let’s consider the current threat landscape to your business’s data.

As emphasized in the recent Global Data Protection Index (GDPI), there are a number of reasons why data protection—which includes data backup—is so critical. The GDPI found that of those organizations surveyed, 52% of them suffered unplanned system downtime in the last 12 months, and 29% suffered data loss. Whether it’s ransomware (36% of organizations reported internal or external security breaches, according to index) or hardware failure (hardware failure is still the number one cause of data loss and/or system downtime, according to the GDPI), a massive data breach can happen faster than you think. In fact, once cyber criminals gain access to a system, it takes just six minutes for these law breakers to compromise an organization, and they can do that successfully 60% of the time.

If you’re unsure about whether or not your data is sufficiently protected, consider the following questions:

  • If a natural disaster (such as a flood, fire, or earthquake) were to occur right now, would your business-critical data be protected?
  • Let’s assume you’re already backing up your data. If a disaster were to occur right now, how quickly could you access your important files?
  • If your business were to be compromised by ransomware, would you be able to restore your data to a point in time when you know that your data is free from the malicious effects of that cyberattack? And how long would it take for you to perform that restore?

In the event of “data damage,” Dell EMC Mozy Enterprise protects files on desktops, laptops, and other devices both inside and outside the corporate network. This automated cloud backup solution also allows users to securely synchronize files across their computers, smartphones, and tablets. Your data is backed up, protected, and always accessible. That’s a 24×7 treat!

Not long ago I saw a quote that was similar to the one my neighbor shared with me: Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised. Funny, to be sure, but you don’t ever want to be surprised about losing your data. That’s a surprise you can never really be prepared for, especially if it jeopardizes business continuity and/or strains or even permanently damages customer relationships.

Even ghouls and goblins don’t want to encounter data loss. It’s just too frightening. The GDPI makes no surprises about data being at risk due to theft, loss, or damage; however, if your data is properly backed up and protected, data loss is one surprise you can avoid altogether. Now that’s a treat you can enjoy all year long.

SaaS is Changing Everything – Including Data Loss Risk from Admin Error

Lori Witzel

Product Marketing Manager, Spanning by EMC
Lori Witzel is a Salesforce MVP, has worked with and for SaaS companies since 2005, and has been sharing info with, listening to, and learning from tech users ever since. She is currently PMM for Spanning Backup for Salesforce, as well as PMM for Spanning Backup for Google Apps. Prior to Spanning Backup, Lori worked for various early-stage Cloud start-ups, mid-sized middleware providers, and ed tech firms, and she’s always eager to learn more. Lori's profile on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/loriwitzel

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has a history unlike that of on-premises software, and the people who manage and administer SaaS applications reflect that difference. When it comes to data protection, that difference matters, as you’ll learn.

accidental admin

What is SaaS, and does it REALLY differ from on-premises or from hosted applications?
SaaS isn’t just some software sitting on a vendor-managed server in the cloud –  it’s significantly different from its predecessors, hosted and on-premises applications, in its delivery and its architecture.

  • A SaaS application is by definition cloud-based and multi-tenant, sharing IT resources securely in the cloud among multiple applications and tenants (businesses, organizations, schools). Multi-tenancy is the technical architecture that differentiates SaaS from hosted/ASP applications. The customer will access the application through a web browser, and is only responsible for managing the data and metadata (customizations) of their instance.
  • A hosted application is almost always a single-instance, single-tenant adaptation of an on-premises application. The customer may lease or own physical or virtualized servers upon which the application is installed, and will access it through a web browser or a thin client. The customer may be responsible for managing the servers, and is responsible for managing application upgrades and maintenance.
  • On-premises applications are installed on and operated from a customer’s in-house (on-premises) servers and computing infrastructure. The customer is responsible for application security, availability to the organization, and management.

How Did SaaS Come to PaaS?
In 1999, salesforce.com was founded, offering the first true multi-tenant architecture in a commercial software application. Its SaaS applications, such as Sales Cloud and Service Cloud, were developed on its Force.com Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). By foregoing conventional application development platforms and creating its own platform, salesforce.com freed itself from some of the performance limitations inherent in a standard relational database.

The salesforce.com achievement in creating a PaaS to enable SaaS, enabling them to scale up to support hundreds of thousands of intra- and inter-enterprise tenants (different departments, different organizations) was, to quote Computerworld, “complex, commendable and quite revolutionary.” (more…)

Be Protected when Data Loss Strikes

John Dentinger

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC Data Protection Division
John’s passion for creating compelling content and communicating the benefits of great products have aligned as he explores the world of protection storage. Interning in Product Marketing with EMC while pursuing his MBA exposed John to the world of technology and the astounding power of Dell EMC’s data protection offerings. Outside of work, John likes to ski, enjoys gaming & media, and collects vinyl records. John is a graduate of the MBA program at the Boston College Carroll School of Management, where he specialized in Product & Brand Management and Marketing Analytics.

Across all industries, firms around the globe fear one common enemy: data loss. This super villain attacks organizations without warning through unexpected failures and outages, causing IT professionals to live in constant fear of the loss of their firm’s data.

datalossThe scourge of data loss can attack from many angles, with the only guarantee being the element of surprise. This dread keeps IT professionals up at night, causing nightmares of administration errors or environmental catastrophes leading to the loss of data and potentially the loss of their job. Taking a quick look back at the some of the major natural disasters of 2015 reminds us that these nightmares do sometimes become reality.  Last year devastating earthquakes and typhoons plagued Asia, while the US faced major wildfires and flooding. No matter where your data center is located, the threat of data loss is always looming from a natural disaster. And now with headlines building up our anxieties over malicious acts, it makes sense that business leaders feel an immense desire to ensure that their firm’s mission critical data is well protected.

Data loss is a villain that might not have an evil lair or a maniacal laugh, but instead is a very serious and real threat. In a recent global survey, 32% of organizations reported having suffered data loss and lose an average of 2.3 TB of data per year. Perhaps even more terrifying, 71% of organizations reported not being very confident that they could fully recover if something unexpected disrupted operations in their data center. Consider the total value of all of this data that is at risk due to the lack of a solid recovery strategy. These organizations may be out of luck when data loss comes to threaten their mission critical data.

So what can you do to build confidence in your ability to defeat data loss in the face of unexpected disaster? Here are a few tips:

  • Deploy a complete data protection solution that does not leave any gaps. Data Protection is not one size fits all. By implementing a solution that spans the continuum of data protection from continuous availability to archiving depending on your business needs, your valuable data can be maintained and downtime can be minimized even during the worst disaster.
  • Develop a succinct disaster communication plan in advance to ensure that all key players will be notified and can respond immediately, as the hours just after a disaster hits the data center can be the most essential. This plan must include the data center staff and also the key-decision makers outside of the IT department that you will need buy-in from.
  • Make sure that you have a strong alliance behind you. When firms do not partner with a trusted data protection vendor, they may find themselves on their own when disaster strikes. And according to the latest global survey, only 24% of organizations that leveraged a single vendor for their end-to-end data protection solution experienced data loss, as opposed to 38% of organizations that used multiple vendors. The right vendor will have an expert professional team to help you through the worst disasters in addition to the industry’s leading technologies guarding your data.

Thankfully, there is an all-star team of heroes who are trusted around the globe to protect firms from the evils of data loss that you can ally with. This now classic lineup often faces impossible odds when challenging the threat of lost data, but together these heroes provide enterprises with the best protection across backup, recovery, archiving and availability. I am of course describing the EMC Data Protection lineup, which stands up to the threat of data loss and protects data wherever it lives, whatever happens.

The EMC Data Protection lineup are the heroes that IT professionals deserve and need right now—do not delay in preparing your firm from data loss’s next attack. Be on the look out for the continuing adventures of the EMC Data Protection heroes on the Data Domain EMC Community Network over 2016. There we will cover new tales of EMC’s data protection lineup and expert professionals saving the day when disasters strike. To get started, here is a recent story of Data Domain saving the day when a data center suffered a major fire.

How Much Data Can You Lose – 3 Technologies to Minimize Data Loss

Jay Livens

Director, Product Marketing
Jay’s passion is technology. It started when he was a child and used to take apart flashlights and could not remember how to put them back together. You can imagine how that turned out especially when power outages occurred. However, Jay persisted and charted a course through life that included a lengthy stop in the financial services industry. After receiving an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, his path turned towards storage and he had stints with a storage reseller, a storage startup and a couple of big storage companies. After serving in multiple roles, Jay settled on marketing as his future career-path; however, he is not your typical marketer. All things technology intrigue him and he likes to know how things work, not just the marketing stuff, but how stuff really works. At Dell EMC, Jay runs field and channel marketing for the Data Protection and Storage Divisions in the Americas and looks forward to sharing his perspectives on his division, products and life in general.

Data protection is critical to all customers and yet there are a range of technologies that can deliver the required service levels. At EMC, we talk about a data protection continuum, but regardless of you how you define it, the concept is simple – apply the right protection technology to meet application and business SLAs.  (more…)

Top 10 Causes of Disruption – How to Ensure a Stress Free Festive Season

Shane Moore

Director, Product Marketing, Core Technologies APJ
I have been in the IT industry for close to 20 years and started my career as an Officer in the Australian Air Force. For my first posting, I had a choice to either manage a national network of servers or run a warehouse (the physical kind). Thankfully, I chose the former and subsequently managed infrastructure in a number of public and private organizations. Later, I started selling and then marketing IT solutions for Computer Associates and now EMC. I have a passion for technology and I am excited by the way it continues to transform our lives. In my current role, I work across Asia promoting EMC’s data protection solutions, spending time with analysts and writing articles for traditional and social media. In my spare time, I provide IT support for my family and enjoy the outdoors. For the record, Top Gun is my favorite movie of all time!

holiday shopperOutages and data loss are an all too familiar occurrence. In the recently announced EMC Global Data Protection Index, 64% of companies said they had experienced major disruptions in the past 12 months.   The study revealed that while natural disasters and other major catastrophes make the headlines, it is common place incidents such as power loss and hardware failures that are most likely to take your systems out and corrupt your data.   I have listed below the top causes of disruptions (in reverse order) as revealed in the study, and some tips on how to stop them spoiling your holiday plans.

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