What is Data Storage Management?
Thanks to rapid technological advancements, increased connectivity and the rise of the Internet of Things, businesses around the globe are collecting and storing ever-growing amounts of data. As such, secure data storage is a critical resource — one that needs to be effectively managed to benefit the organization and protect its employees and customers from data breaches. Effective data storage management leverages a range of applications to configure and archive storage as well as to report on related activities — all within a predetermined set of policies.
When you’re creating an effective data storage management system, keep the following factors in mind.
Performance and Reliability
Performance and reliability are key for data storage management systems. Users in the organization need to be able to access data quickly and accurately — without having to wait for slow processes to complete. You can use various forms of media, as well as automatic tiering, to optimize the different storage tiers.
Additionally, you need to ensure that your hardware is in optimal shape. Systems that offer central management consoles are highly useful, especially for performance monitoring and troubleshooting. It can also be advisable to invest in Disaster Recovery as a Service — or DRaaS — which, although it comes at an additional cost, can be well worth the money in the event that an incident affects your data storage system.
Control and Compliance
Leverage tiering to your advantage — store the most valuable data in more secure tiers and aging data in cool or cold tiers. Note that if you’re a publicly traded company, a financial firm or a healthcare organization, you’ll be required to ensure your data storage management system meets all applicable regulations. Failure to comply can place your data in jeopardy and put your organization at risk of incurring significant penalties.
Security and Data Protection
Especially if you’re using the cloud for data storage, it’s critical to know that while the cloud provider is responsible for securing its infrastructure, you — as the owner of the data — are responsible for securing your data.
Use encryption for both in-transit and stored data, and restrict access by using multi-factor authentication. In addition, make sure to regularly back up all of your data.
Many data storage management systems have software that’s specifically designed to work in conjunction with the corresponding hardware. In contrast, software-defined storage refers to the policy-based creation and management of storage — independent of the hardware that’s used. In most cases, it employs storage virtualization to separate the software and hardware.
Storage-defined software offers businesses greater flexibility, faster scalability and more efficiency.
DataSpan — Your Partner in Effective Data Storage Management
For over four decades, we’ve been supplying expert data storage management advice, support and services to a wide range of companies — including more than half of the Fortune 1000. We have a deep understanding of what’s involved in creating and implementing effective data storage management — and we know how to tailor systems to each client’s specific needs.