There are numerous factors that you must consider when establishing your MSP security solutions for your business and clients. One of these crucial elements is data protection.
In the past, data security and protection was simple and inexpensive. The process involved making backup copies of company information on tape drives. The backup procedure could be conducted at varying intervals, including hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly. However, the times have changed and the protection technology has evolved. The advances can be attributed to multiple factors in the world. Firstly, there are regulatory standards, which have been established to ensure the protection of confidential data. Secondly, the amount of data generated by businesses has increased exponentially. Therefore, traditional data protection methods cannot handle the bulk. Thirdly, there are more threats to data security today that there was some time back.
Next-Gen Solutions for Data Protection
Over the years, developers have come up with numerous solutions to cope with the need for better data protection measures in the market. These next-generation security technologies include deduplication, continuous data protection, and virtual tape libraries. In addition, you will find solutions such as continuous snapshot and distributed remote office backup to disk. These are the most popular next-gen solutions in the developing IT sector.
You should note that there are numerous companies, which still provide traditional backup solutions. Often, these vendors insist that their products and protection measures are sufficient for protecting the bulk of data produced in modern commercial operations. This is often untrue in most cases. If a traditional backup solution can handle modern data protection, it should have incorporated next-generation data protection (NGDP) features. However, this is not the case in most situations and scenarios.
Consider this brief discussion of the next-generation data protection solutions which you can incorporate into your MSP security plan:
Deduplication is an ideal technology, which is making positive changes in the data protection market. As implied, this solution is designed to eliminate duplicated stored data. This feature is valuable in the modern setup where the unique information produced daily in businesses is high in volume. The amount of value gained by using deduplication will depend on the specific application.
For example, if an application uses full backups, there will be large amounts of duplicated data. Therefore, if you utilize deduplication in your MSP business or your clients’ setups, you can reduce up to 99% of the stored data. On the other hand, if an application stores data incrementally such that most of the stored data is unique, you can achieve three or four times reduction rate.
Virtual Tape Libraries
Virtual tape libraries refer to technology which is designed to enable modern disks to emulate a traditional tape drive. This is a valuable next-generation data protection solution because the speed of the backup process will be much higher. In addition, there is likely to be more utilization of the virtual tapes. In addition, if this solution is combined with deduplication, the total data stored will be much lesser.
Continuous Data Protection
Continuous data protection has gained a lot of popularity as a practical and efficient next-generation technology. This solution is designed to help in ensuring a zero recovery point objective. In simple terms, this solution allows the user to store their data in its entirety up to the moment before the corruption of data or failure of the system occurs. Therefore, when the system is restored, the backup data is restored completely, up to the moment before the failure.
In traditional data protection, the network and data can be restored, but there are some hours of data lost. The amount of information lost can range from six hours to a full day. The data lost might have been extremely critical to an operation, so the consequences can be dire.
Other useful next-generation data protection technologies that you can incorporate into your MSP security plan include ROBO backup to disk and continuous snapshot. By using the three next-generation solutions mentioned above (and more), you can avoid issues concerning your company’s— as well as your clients’— data security. Moreover, this is a practical precautionary technology in a world where data can easily be damaged by malware, hackers, and disasters like fire and floods.