Data Storage audit is nothing but an in-depth, independent evaluation of an enterprise IT infrastructure and more specifically all the applications which depend on data storage hardware, practices, and policies. Here, the audit will/should also include in the report the backup and data continuity strategies as a part of business continuity planning.
The main motive behind this audit is to evaluate whether current data storage practices are sufficiently robust to meet the current, on-going and future needs of an enterprise. If not, it will help in implementation of a large scale data project- say a migration as a result of implementation of new technology, the build of a new data center, relocation of a data center or as a result of a merger/takeover of a company by others.
The following are the benefits gained from a data storage audit-
One gets clarity in deciding further- As said in one of the earlier paragraphs, a data audit will assist in the decision making process when planning and developing data management policy.
Risk gets identified in time- An audit can help in identifying and evaluating the different risks in time. The risks include data loss through physical location or deterioration, loss of access to the data, the risk of financial loss and the risk of any legal action against the loss.
Expert advice- There is value in utilizing external, independent and objective expertise in data audits. If one doesn’t have the experience and knowledge, then call in the experts like DNF Corporation. Mind you, the relative modest investment made now on expert knowledge and experience can literally pay for itself a thousand times over in future.
Data audit helps in keeping up pace with new technology- A data audit will be performed within the context of existing and new industry best practices and continually evolving regulations and compliance requirements. So, all those processes and procedures that were relevant five years ago and may no longer be providing the solution required in the current environment can be weeded out to make way for new ones.
It’s good to identify data sets- A comprehensive data audit will help in specifically identifying and documenting on what data one has, how much data they are dealing with on a current note, how much will be generated by their business in future, what is at risk, where it is being stored, how much investment is taking on a current note and how much can be saved through consolidation and virtualization practices can be identified. Usually, during these audits one can find many companies storing unnecessary data and overlooking other highly valuable data.
Evaluation will give these results- An audit will provide an overview and detailed review of the current situation within the organization including the software technology which is in use, infrastructure in use, applications being managed and backed up, as well as backup restore policies and procedures. It will help in determining and reviewing the shortfalls and deficits of the existing system and compare the results against the ongoing and future needs of an organization.
Helps in keeping a track of backup and disaster recovery solutions– For name sake, companies might have a backup and disaster recovery solution in place. But it doesn’t know whether the solution helps in keeping the data flow intact, when a disaster strikes the organizations data center. Data storage audits, if carefully stressed out on a technical note, can help in keeping a track of backup and disaster recovery solutions in place and test them to the fullest, in order to know their efficiency and reliability.
Helps in improving performance and reliability- An audit provides a framework and opportunity to evaluate and consider alternatives to the existing solution that may provide greater performance and reliability and will also achieve more satisfactory use of environmental, personnel, financial and other resources.
Helps in directing you to solutions- Data audits carried out by qualified and experience industry members should provide you with recommendations – based on an organization’s need, budget and the immediate and long term organizational objectives.
DNF Corporation helps in carrying out these data and backup as well as disaster recovery audits for small, medium and large organizations.
Dynamic Network Factory takes careful consideration to replace aging IT assets with new ones.
DNF offers answers to the following questions like
- When should you do it?
- How do you optimize between legacy systems?
- How do you migrate & replicate safely?
- What do you do with the assets once you’ve removed them?
- Whether you’re saying hello or goodbye to IT equipment
DNF Corp helps in carefully auditing all the data storage resources of an organization and helps in keeping up pace with the latest storage technology to serve best.
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