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Data Protection Diaries: My Data Protection Needs and Wants

Why and what am I protecting?

Rather than talking about what others should do or consider for their data protection needs, for this post I wrote down some notes using my Livescribe about what I need and want for my environment. As part of walking the talk in future posts I'm going to expand a bit more on what I'm doing as well as considering for enhancements to my environment for data protection which consists of cloud, virtual and physical.

Why and What Am I Protecting?

live scribe example
Livescribe notes that I used for creating the following content

What is my environment

Server and StorageIO (aka StorageIO) is a small business that is focused in and around data infrastructures which includes data protection as a result, have lots of data including videos, audio, images, presentations, reports, research as well, file serving as back-office applications.  Then there are websites, blog, email and related applications, some of which are cloud based that are also part of my environment that have different availability, durable, and accessibility requirements.

My environment includes local on-site physical as well as virtual systems, mobile devices, as well as off-site resources including a dedicated private server (DPS) at a service provider. On one hand as a small business, I could easily move most if not everything into the cloud using an as a service model. However, I also have a lab and research environment for doing various things involving data infrastructure including data protection so why not leverage those for other things.

Why do I need to protect my information and data infrastructure?

  • Protect and preserve the business along with associated information as well as assets
  • Compliance (self and client based, PCI and other)
  • Security (logical and physical) and privacy to guard against theft, loss, instrusions
  • Logical (corruption, virus, accidental deletion) and physical damage to systems, devices, applications and data
  • Isolate and contain faults of hardware, software, networks, people actions from spreading to disasters
  • Guard against on-site or off-site incidents, acts of man or nature, head-line news and non head-line news
  • Address previous experience, incidents and situations, preventing future issues or problems
  • Support growth while enabling agility, flexibity
  • Walk the talk, research, learning increasing experience

My wants - What I would like to have

  • Somebody else pay for it all, or exist in world where there are no threat risks to information (yeh right ;) )
  • Cost effective and value (not necessarily the cheapest, I also want it to work)
  • High availability and durability to protect against different threat risks (including myself)
  • Automated, magically to take care of everything enabled by unicorns and pixie dust ;).

My requirements - What I need (vs. want):

  • Support mix of physical, virtual and cloud applications, systems and data
  • Different applications and data, local and some that are mobile
  • Various operating environments including Windows and Linux
  • NOT have to change my environment to meet limits of a particular solution or approach
  • Need a solution (s) that fit my needs and that can scale, evolve as well as enable change when my environment does
  • Also leverage what I have while supporting new things

Wrap and summary (for now)

Taking a step back to look at a high-level of what my data protection needs are involves looking at business requirements along with various threat risks, not to mention technical considerations. In a future post I will outline what I am doing as well as considering for enhancements or other changes along with different tools, technologies used in hybrid ways. Watch for more posts in this ongoing series of the data protection dairies via www.dataprotectiondiaries.com.

Ok, nuff said (for now)

Cheers
Gs

Greg Schulz - Author Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press) and Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier)
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Greg Schulz is founder of the Server and StorageIO (StorageIO) Group, an IT industry analyst and consultancy firm. Greg has worked with various server operating systems along with storage and networking software tools, hardware and services. Greg has worked as a programmer, systems administrator, disaster recovery consultant, and storage and capacity planner for various IT organizations. He has worked for various vendors before joining an industry analyst firm and later forming StorageIO.

In addition to his analyst and consulting research duties, Schulz has published over a thousand articles, tips, reports and white papers and is a sought after popular speaker at events around the world. Greg is also author of the books Resilient Storage Network (Elsevier) and The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC). His blog is at www.storageioblog.com and he can also be found on twitter @storageio.

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