March 31st not only marks the end of a month, but also the end of the first quarter. This is the time to evaluate how the first of the year has gone and look for ways to improve. This begs the question – Did you have an objective or plan for the New Year that has already gone astray?
Take a moment and imagine the last time you moved to a new place. It could have been to a new city, a new house, a new desk, or all of the above. If you’re like me, you waited until the last minute to pack your belongings, because let’s face it, packing is the worst. I even coined a term for this—procrastipacking. As much as I have moved, you’d think I would have gotten the hang of it by now.
Although backup is not a particularly enthralling subject, it is an integral part of any resilience plan. According to the 2014 Gartner Report, 20% of organizations will abandon traditional backup and recovery in favor of new techniques by 2016.
Backup techniques continue to advance with the evolution of Cloud Services, Virtualization, increasing WAN speeds, Replication, Encryption, Tiered Storage, Automation, Appliance-based solutions, and Software Applications. Organizations must determine which applications are a priority and establish a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO). An RTO is essentially the time required for a business process to be restored after a disruption. An RPO is the maximum targeted period in which data might be lost from an IT service due to a major incident.
I grew up in a town with a population smaller than most colleges. I can walk to my grandma’s house in one minute, and in another two minutes I will be at my Aunt and Uncle’s house. Our primary method of transportation is dirt bikes, and our go-to activity is shooting a tin can with a BB gun.