Establish an Effective Data Protection Plan


Give data the attention it deserves by building a strategy that goes beyond backup.

Major Business Pain Points

  • Business requirements can be vague. Not knowing the business needs often results in overexpenditure and overexposure to liability through data hoarding.
  • Backup options are abundant. Disk, tape, or cloud? Each has drawbacks, efficiencies, and cost factors that should be considered.
  • Backup infrastructure is never greenfield. Any organization with a history has been doing backup. Existing software was likely determined by past choices and architecture.

Recommendations

Key Points

  • Don’t let failure be your metric.
    The past is not an indication of future performance! Quantify the cost of your data being unavailable to demonstrate value to the business.
  • Stop offloading backup to your most junior staff.
    Data protection should not exist in isolation. Get key leadership involved to ensure you can meet organizational requirements.
  • A lot of data is useless. Neglecting to properly tag and classify data will lead to a costly data protection solution that protects redundant, useless, or outdated data

Approach

  • Determine the current state of your data protection strategy by identifying the pains and gains of the solution and create a business-facing diagram to present to relevant stakeholders.
  • Quantify the value of data to the business to properly understand the requirements for data protection through a business impact analysis.
  • Identify the attributes and necessary requirements for your data tiers to procure a fit-for-purpose solution.

Methodology and Tools

Executive Brief

Read this Executive Brief to understand why the business should be involved in your data protection plan, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

  • Establish an Effective Data Protection Plan – Executive Brief
  • Establish an Effective Data Protection Plan – Phases 1-4

1. Define the current state of your data protection plan

Define the current state of your data protection practices by documenting the backup process and identifying problems and opportunities for the desired state.

  • Establish an Effective Data Protection Plan – Phase 1: Define the Current State of Your Data Protection Plan
  • Data Protection Value Proposition Canvas Template

2. Conduct a business impact analysis to understand requirements for restoring data

Understand the business priorities.

  • Establish an Effective Data Protection Plan – Phase 2: Conduct a Business Impact Analysis to Understand Requirements for Restoring Data
  • DRP Business Impact Analysis Tool
  • Legacy DRP Business Impact Analysis Tool

Data Protection Recovery Workflow

3. Propose the future state of your data protection plan

Determine the desired state.

  • Establish an Effective Data Protection Plan – Phase 3: Propose the Future State of Your Data Protection Plan

4. Establish proper governance for your data protection plan

Explore the component of governance required.

  • Establish an Effective Data Protection Plan – Phase 4: Establish Proper Governance for Your Data Protection Plan
  • Data Protection Proposal Template

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