Data protection, also known as backup and restore, is the process of protecting data from corruption, loss and accidental deletion. An example of where data protection comes into play may include a user who accidentally deletes an important directory or file, hardware failures that result in minor data losses, or coding errors that cause a database table to become unreadable. Tape backup and asynchronous replication are some examples of conventional methods of data protection; disaster recovery in the cloud is a step above such traditional methods.
Your storage should give you the tools you need to stay on top of your disaster recovery and data protection aspects and storage functions. In a dynamic IT environment, things are continuously changing. The right storage should give you the control tools you need to make sure your disaster recovery and data protection processes are working as expected and stay on top of your disaster recovery and data protection environment. Here are a couple of things you might need to do:
- Monitor all primary and secondary storage to ensure that they have the performance and capacity to keep up with the disaster recovery and data protection processes and production workloads.
- Monitor all disaster recovery and data protection processes to make sure they are running as expected.
- Troubleshoot any problems that arise.
The right control tools can greatly improve your ability to implement a successful disaster recovery and data protection strategy and save your team substantial amount of time and trouble. An example of faster disaster recovery and data protection strategy can be seen in cloud backup services.
Choosing the right Monitoring and Troubleshooting Features
Make sure the storage you look for provides the following features:
- At the minimum, the storage you choose should provide monitoring and alerting for all its core capabilities including backup and disaster recovery, so you can easily verify that everything is operating correctly.
- The ability to monitor both primary and secondary storage and understand the relationships with VMs, networks, servers and applications can help you make sure that everything is receiving the correct level of protection. For instance, it is often difficult to identify all the VMs and vDisks associated with a particular application.
- The ability to forecast your future capacity and performance needs so you know exactly when to add resources. This can be extremely helpful.
- Most storage monitoring tools operate at the LUN or volume level. Container level and VM level monitoring can speed up troubleshooting and simplify interpretation.
- Integrate with other environment tools. Your storage should provide the ability to access information through API calls. This is particularly helpful for managing heterogeneous environments.