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Managing your data – only one way to go

Mark Bentkower, CISSP, Director of Systems Engineering, ASEAN, Commvault | Jan. 18, 2016
Mark Bentkower of Commvault discusses how businesses can adopt current practices to ensure data management needs meet the demands of today’s fast-moving technological changes.

To mitigate risk and improve decision making, and eDiscovery, the first thing organisations need to do is to move away from traditional legacy approaches and adopt single platform solutions to enhance centralised visibility of distributed information assets. In fact, the adoption of an end-to-end solution enables organisations to consolidate all data into a single virtual repository, reducing the potential of data loss and leakage. Complexity and administration costs are also reduced as companies are able to protect, manage, control and access all data simultaneously across the board.

Implementing a business continuity plan
The new generation of 'always on' consumers won't put up with downtime today, not one nanosecond and, neither can the organisations that serve them. With higher RTO's and RPO's to meet, organisations need access to their data anytime and anywhere - both for customer service reasons, and just as importantly, to be able to leverage that data to drive more value back to the business.

In view of this, having a business continuity plan is plain common sense as it arms them with the ability to think ahead to ensure information is available quickly in the event of a failure of disaster. Broader thinking when it comes to disaster recovery is vital if businesses are to resume operations and provide essential services to customers or stakeholders in the event of a crisis. With applications extending beyond the data centre to a broad mix of physical, virtual and cloud platforms, a robust disaster recovery capability is more of an imperative than ever to improve business resiliency, decrease risk of data loss, and provide users with higher availability to data 

Securing future growth
Due to the increasing need to be able to access data and information efficiently and quickly, analytics will be widely applied and embedded into every application.

It is time for organisations to start taking a deeper look into the critical need for a modern data management strategy, to unlock that asset, tear down IT silos, consolidate the number of solutions that are required to effectively manage data and enable users to more easily and rapidly leverage that information -- no matter where it resides. An end-to-end single platform approach to data management empowers enterprises to de-risk when it comes to adopting the next wave of technology disruption and prepare for 2016 and beyond.


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