StorCentric and Retrospect, share their 2021 reflections and 2022 predictions from Surya Varanasi, CTO of StorCentric, and JG Heithcock, General Manager of Retrospect, a StorCentric company.
Surya Varanasi, CTO, StorCentric said, “Massive data growth combined with significant changes in the way we work today and a rapid rise in cybercrime has driven increased challenges for data center managers. In 2022, it will be critical to respond to these demands, and to pursue and achieve digital transformation strategies that enable organisations to store, manage and protect data at scale. And I predict that in 2022, data center managers will find that the ideal way to do this will be to start with the right data storage foundation.
In 2022, organisations will seek a data storage foundation that enables them to support a mix of workloads. The storage will allow for flexible configurations and simplified expansion to meet a wide variety of capacity and performance requirements. Next, organisations will seek a solution that provides multi-protocol support. Certainly, at a minimum, the storage will support block (iSCSI, FC) and file (NFS, CIFS/SMB).”
JG Heithcock, GM, Retrospect a StorCentric company said, “Today, more than ever, data can be lost by accident, damaged by a natural disaster, or fall victim to cybercrime. In 2022, with ransomware continuing to grow as a threat, data protection will become the most indispensable component of every organisation’ digital transformation strategy.
In 2022, the 3-2-1 backup rule will continue to be the golden rule of complete data protection. This means that organisations will keep three copies of data saved across at least two media types, with one more copy saved offsite. In 2022, ROI will also remain the name of the game, so organisations will seek a proven solution that makes this easy and affordable to implement. The ideal backup solution will enable a backup script to a local destination and a backup transfer script to an offsite target. Using a transfer script to copy backups to a second location enables the administrator to perform the operation offline, without the original source needing to be used.
Of course, in 2022, going beyond the 3-2-1 backup rule will provide organisations with extra insurance to protect their digital transformation initiatives. Organisations can choose to utilise a second cloud storage location (i.e., 3-2-2 strategy) or NAS, tape and/or cloud (i.e., 3-3-2 strategy) for added redundancy.
Finally, in 2022, utilising WORM storage in the cloud with Immutable Backups will provide the best protection against ransomware attacks. With a locked backup, malware cannot delete your critical data, enabling the administrator to recover if the worst does happen. By combining the 3-2-1 backup with immutable backups in the cloud, administrators can ensure their organisation’s data is protected against the latest threat landscape.”