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Top 3 data recovery issues in 2013: Kroll Ontrack

Madura McCormack | Dec. 17, 2012
Solid-state drives, prevalence of mobile devices and IT platform shifts to be top problems for data recovery in 2013

Greater use of solid-state drives (SSD) in business computing will be the top data recovery challenge in 2013, according to the data recovery and information management services company Kroll Ontrack.

The prediction stems from the increased rate of adoption of SSDs due to the lowering price point and its related complexity.

According to Kroll Ontrack, SSD data recovery is highly specialised and time consuming because of the complex nature of data storage within the device.

"We saw a significant increase in the use of SSDs within laptops and PCs," said Todd Johnson, vice president of operations at Kroll Ontrack. "This trend introduced new areas of risk to businesses and consumers alike."

"SSDs are a newer technology, and very few data recovery providers have the ability to handle the RAID and SSD layers required to put the data together in the event of a failure," said Jeff Pederson, manager of data recovery operations at Kroll Ontrack, in reference to the Kroll Ontrack statement that compared the difficulty of a single SSD recovery to that of a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) with 8, 16 or even 32 disks.

Pederson advises organisations to take into consideration the possibility of data loss and subsequent complex data recovery when evaluating between SSDs and traditional hard-disk drives (HDD).

Mobility and platform shift creates hurdle

Mobile devices will continue to cause challenges in 2013, according to Kroll Ontrack, especially with new platforms driving increased adoption of tablets at work.

The BYOD trend created an influx in mobile device data recovery requests in 2012 for the company, with data recovery requests for 2.5 inch or smaller HDDs usually used in laptops, tablets, phones increasing from 65 percent in 2011 to 80 percent in 2012.

Organisations will need to accommodate the BYOD trend and include data recovery and data destruction in key strategic planning, according to the statement.

Kroll Ontrack also believes the migration to new IT platform will be a challenge for corporations, especially if they fail to properly back up their data in the interim.

The company quoted Windows Server 2012 (formerly Windows Server 8) as an example of a platform that has incorporated a new file system. New systems pose challenges to companies like Kroll Ontrack as their recent technology is relatively unknown and unexplored by data recovery scientists.

"Technology continues to improve in terms of the value it adds to organisations, but the flipside is that data can be at risk during the transition phase if companies do not maintain effective backups," Johnson concluded.


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