The rise of big data is changing the way IT approaches data protection.

Big data’s impact on backup and disaster recovery

Stephen Perkins

The rise of big data has surely complicated data protection requirements and disaster recovery measures. Organizations are experiencing huge growth in information volumes due to an array of different content stemming from applications, databases, file shares, social media and a growing mobile workforce. The big data epidemic is fundamentally changing the way IT departments operate and approach data management. 

As technology and the times evolve, IT departments are becoming increasingly tasked with protecting all information from all possible endpoints. Big data and trends like BYOD make data protection a challenging and dynamic environment within IT. 

In order to meet these demands, IT staffs must leverage new technology and solutions to counterbalance the challenges of meeting backup windows, storage requirements, mobile access and data analytics. 

According to a recent white paper published by HP Autonomy, titled "Backing up Big Data," many organizations are seeing at least a 60 percent growth rate each year in unstructured data footprints. Companies are now often inundated with data streams flowing in from numerous sources.

"[E]very 60 seconds there are 98,000 new tweets on Twitter, 23,000 new apps downloaded from the app store and 400,000 web-based advertising requests appearing online," the report stated.

The influx in big data has provided IT departments with some new challenges to address. More data requires expanded and enhanced protection. Rethinking backup schedules and methods used to capture, store and protect data is crucial. 

With more to protect, disaster recovery becomes additionally complex but very essential. IT departments and business executives alike need to be more fastidious about what to protect and when. 

While many large firms concentrate IT resources to a central location, branch offices usually lack a trained IT staff or credible backup infrastructure, entrusting the network's performance to transfer mission-critical data. 

Above all else, the ability to restore data is the most important capability every organization needs to have. A restoration capacity is ultimately what ensures an organization's survival in the event of a man-made or natural disaster. 

The requirements of big data backup and recovery are challenging and complex. Meeting these demands will involve new approaches to where information is backed up, as well as moving away from the common data-centric models to a more dispersed and flexible deployment method to acquire better data protection. 

The white paper explained that in the end, businesses need a backup and disaster recovery solution that "can address the volume, complexity and diversity of data that the big data challenge presents." 

Categories: Data Management, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery