Ensure your data infrastructure remains available and resilient

The fundamental role of data infrastructure is to protect, preserve, secure, serve applications and data, transforming them into information. Data protection is an encompassing topic, as it spans security (logical and physical), reliability availability serviceability (RAS), privacy and encryption, backup/restore, archiving, business continuance (BC), business resiliency (BR) and disaster recovery (DR).

Recently, we’ve seen news about data infrastructure and application outages, including Amazon Web Service (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3), Gitlab, and the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

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What’s concerning about these and other scenarios, many of which do not make the headlines, is that they are preventable with proper application and data protection. Now, when I say many, if not most, disasters or outages can be prevented or minimized, I mean that if you know something can fail, you should be able to take steps to prevent, isolate and contain problems.

Keep in mind that accidents happen. Likewise, technology can and does fail. This applies particularly when humans are involved in defining and configuring hardware, software, services and policies. Data loss can be complete (all gone) or partial (some data deleted or damaged). Scope, scale and focus on data protection range from geographic region locations to sites and data centers, systems, clusters, stamps, racks, cabinets, shelves, and individual servers or other components (hardware and software).

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