Posted by: Michael Tidmarsh
Big Data, Storage
Despite 100-degree temperatures and tropical storm warnings in the Gulf, approximately 35 IT professionals turned out for Tuesday’s dinner roundtable discussion in Houston on Virtualization, Cloud and New Realities for Data Protection. Indeed, with the threat of data loss due to weather-related disasters, perhaps the turbulent weather was an incentive for individuals to hear about innovative ways in which to modernize their data protection strategies.
With a broad range of individuals from industries such as energy and healthcare, the discussion quickly turned to challenges involved in managing data growth – not just for Big Data, which is certainly an important topic, but for all types of data, including the massive amount of unstructured data that is overwhelming IT infrastructures across all industries. By modernizing your storage infrastructure with critical tools such as deduplication, storage tiering, archiving and others, you have the opportunity to manage growth strategically and actually improve overall performance in your data centers.
So how do you get there from here?
Keynote speaker Greg Schulz, a widely known storage expert who is the founder and senior advisor at The Server and StorageIO Group (StorageIO) offered attendees a five-point plan to prepare and plan for the journey to a more modernized approach to data protection. What are the key steps?
- Have a vision, strategy and plan – for example, an itinerary and road map.
- Do more with what you have and boost productivity where needed.
- Reduce the cost of doing things (i.e., manual operations) and service delivery versus cost cutting.
- Reduce your data footprint impact. In other words, pack smartly for your journey.
- Modernize data protection, including high availability, disaster recovery, backup and archiving and business continuity.
What are the technologies that will help you successfully accomplish your goals? And why is Quantum the perfect partner to help you on this journey? Please stay tuned for our next and final blog post from this series for the answers to these and other important data protection questions.
In the meantime, there is still one more change to participate live: The final dinner gathering of the series will take place this evening in New York City at Morton’s Steakhouse. If you would like to register you can find the information at Virtualization, Cloud and New Realities for Data Protection.