The seven commandments of data management for 2016

With the dawn of the IoT, companies need to have a shake-up of their data management strategies

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Data conversations have been changing throughout 2015 as organisations deal with accepted mega trends like cloud, anywhere computing, increasing demands for security and compliance and the explosive growth of data.

These trends have drastically reshaped the IT and data management practices, and continue to do so. With continued market innovations in storage, cloud and hyperconverged infrastructures, how can organisations be prepared for the IT challenges of today and tomorrow?

Standards-based access to all data: By eliminating silos and provider lock in you can protect your future technology relationships and address potential risks to your infrastructure roadmap.

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Integrated Data Security: You should ensure data is secure in transit, at rest and during access. In addition to encryption and key management, you should also look for role-based controls for each technology persona, with built-in audit controls and reports for compliance monitoring across all data locations.

Direct Native Access: Data should be available in its native format in protection and retention tiers. Native, on demand data delivery services can provide near-instant interactive access (recovery points) in the format requested by the application, resulting in reduced operational effort, time and risk for many different use cases such as recovery, development or compliance.

Extensible Search and Query: Index, analyse, visualise and optimise data; activate and unlock live and historical data by providing seamless and powerful search query across multiple data sets, applications and storage locations, including virtual repositories, SaaS offerings and cloud

Universal Access & Collaboration: Securely sync and share data between people and devices even if you operate in a regulated industry.

You can improve productivity and collaboration by giving users seamless, universal access to all copies of their data – no matter when and where it was created, enabling them to securely share data with colleagues, partners and customers.

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Governance from Inception: Effectively manage data from when it is born. Managing data from the moment of inception allows companies to have data under managed control – with visibility and security – significantly reducing the risk of breach, loss, theft or compliance failure.

Incremental Change Capture: Increased frequency of recovery points drives storage and network efficiency. Change block tracking opens opportunities to dramatically reduce workload impact during data protection operations, while providing downstream efficiencies in network and storage utilisation by moving just delta blocks and only storing unique, changed blocks. This reduces bandwidth and storage requirements and delivers an almost unlimited number of available recovery points.

In 2016, there will be even more data available from the Internet of Things (smart devices, connected machines, machine to machine conversations) and even stricter regulations. In order to efficiently and effectively work with this volume of data, each company will need to assess and advance its data management strategy.

By following these seven principals you can ensure your organisation is more than ready for the data challenges of the New Year.

Sourced from Nigel Tozer, Solutions Marketing Director, EMEA, Commvault 

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