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Data Protection

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Data protection, emphasizing data availability, prioritizes ensuring that essential data remains accessible at all times. It involves deploying redundancy, disaster recovery, and high availability solutions to minimize downtime and maintain seamless access to critical information. 

What Is Data Protection and Why Does It Matter?

Data protection is the process of protecting data throughout its lifecycle, from data creation, processing, modification, and transmission to its eventual destruction.

Data protection is a major enabler of business continuity. Moreover, now is the era of digital transformation, and data protection strategies must keep up with new technologies. Data protection must be continuous and complete to be successful.

Comprehensive data protection plans include data security, but they also incorporate three main practices: data backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and archiving.

Modern Data Protection: Why Should You Care?

Data Protection Objectives

The key objectives of data protection include:

  • Ensuring data confidentiality: Protecting data from unauthorized access or disclosure.
  • Guaranteeing data integrity: Maintaining the accuracy and consistency of data throughout its lifecycle.
  • Securing data availability: Ensuring data is accessible whenever needed by authorized users.
  • Mitigating data loss: Minimizing the risk of data loss due to accidental deletion, corruption, or cyberattacks.
  • Achieving compliance: Adhering to legal and regulatory requirements regarding data privacy and security.
  • Enabling business continuity: Implementing measures to ensure uninterrupted access to critical data and services, even in the event of disruptions or disasters.

Data Protection 101

3 Steps to Choose Your Data Protection Solutions

Your data protection strategy is designed to ensure your business operations can resume quickly after any disruption and that your data is recoverable. Your strategy can only be as good as the data protections solutions you choose to implement it.

Being able to make the right choice requires careful planning and consideration of the variety of capabilities available across disaster recovery, backup, and cyber recovery solutions on the market.

Here are the three steps to make smart and informed decisions when it comes to choosing the right data protection for your organization:

Step 1. Understand your data protection challenges

It is important to identify the key challenges your organization faces, such as:

  • Maintaining always-on operations and ensuring business continuity
  • Preventing data loss occurrences from a diverse set of origins (human error, natural disaster, etc.)
  • Recovering from a cyberattack like ransomware
  • Ensuring compliance with a multitude of regulations and standards
  • Managing the complexities and diversity of your IT environment
  • And more...

Step 2. Research and document your requirements

Once your challenges are clearly identified, you can move to the research phase whose output will be the list of requirements for your data protection solution. Your documentation should cover:

  • Your IT environment
  • Your Data protection plan
  • Regulations and industry standards

Important note: If your organization regularly runs a risk assessment and business impact analysis (BIA) to inform its business continuity plan, you should leverage these processes and analyses when documenting your IT environment and establishing your data protection plans.

Step 3. Establish your data protection buying criteria

Your established list of requirements should drive the determination of key capabilities, features, and performance you will want in your data protection solution.

Other important considerations will cover the technological, financial, and operational aspects of the solution, such as how future-proof the solution will be, its total cost of ownership (TCO) and ROI, how it should be implemented (in-house vs outsourced), its ease of use and maintenance, how it can be evaluated, and the scope/quality of customer support delivered. Based on your specific situation and context, you may have different or more items to consider.

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Modern Data Protection with HPE and Zerto

The data protection portfolio from HPE and Zerto offers cyber recovery, backup, disaster recovery, and archive solutions to meet the needs of exponential data growth distributed from edge to cloud.

The portfolio’s depth and breadth enable enterprises to leverage composable data protection: easily build flexible, resilient solution stacks highly tailored to their businesses and ready to protect all workloads across all tiers and all SLAs.

With HPE GreenLake hybrid cloud platform at the forefront, it’s never been simpler to integrate data protection with end-to-end storage, compute, and networking services to store, manage, and protect data no matter where it lives.

Edge to Cloud Data Protection with HPE GreenLake

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