Published on October 29, 2023, 9:51 pm

TLDR: Achieving data resilience is crucial for organizations in today's business landscape. It involves focusing on data availability, durability, and security, while dispelling misconceptions about the cloud environment. Collaboration between infrastructure teams and DevSecOps teams is important in building resilient cloud-native applications. Regular reviews of the data resilience strategy are necessary to ensure alignment with changing business priorities.

In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, organizations face unprecedented levels of disruption and risk. While some companies struggle and fail, others are able to innovate, evolve, and even thrive. The key differentiating factor is resilience.

With the recognition that data plays a crucial role in real-time decision-making, it is essential for organizations to focus on achieving data resilience. But how exactly can an organization achieve this?

According to Joseph Yang, General Manager for Storage and Data Services at HPE Asia Pacific, there are multiple aspects to consider when it comes to data resilience. These include data availability, data durability, and data security. Cybercriminals have become increasingly sophisticated in their methods, realizing that organizations rely on backups to recover lost data. As a result, they now target backups as well, making data security an integral part of any resilience strategy.

While many organizations in Asia understand the importance of data availability and durability through implementing backup strategies, not all have achieved security maturity. However, the increasing risks and cyberattacks are prompting more organizations to prioritize data security.

One common misconception is that the cloud provides inherent availability. However, applications must be architected properly to ensure data availability. Additionally, depending on the cloud vendor chosen, snapshot backup capabilities may not be as mature or easy to use, leading to significant egress costs when moving data across locations within the same cloud vendor. Another misconception is that applications need to be rewritten for resilience.

For those already operating in the cloud environment, ensuring data resilience requires a different approach compared to on-premises environments. Unlike on-premises environments where storage replication offers protection for all applications by default, enterprises need to protect workloads VM by VM and application by application in the public cloud due to various operating models utilized across different lines of business.

Furthermore ‘orchestrating resilience’ requires collaboration between infrastructure teams that historically were responsible for maintaining backups and managing data centers with DevSecOps teams who design and build resilient cloud-native applications. In a cloud-native environment, the applications themselves must be built to be resilient.

Data silos have been a long-standing challenge even before the cloud era. The Netskope Cloud and Threat Report: Cloud Data Sprawl found that many users create, consume, and manage data in personal apps and instances such as Gmail, WhatsApp, Google Drive, Facebook, WeTransfer, and LinkedIn. To address data sprawl effectively, organizations should conduct audits to gain insights into the value of data, its costs, and any potential gaps or overlaps within the network. This will help in developing a decision-making framework to determine which data to retain or discard and how to protect data holistically.

To ensure that a data resilience strategy remains relevant over time, regular reviews are crucial. Business priorities constantly change along with evolving market dynamics. Organizations should classify different types of data based on their value to the business and update their strategy accordingly.

In summary, achieving data resilience is critical in today’s multi-cloud world where disruptions and risks abound. It requires organizations to focus on aspects such as data availability, durability, and security while dispelling misconceptions about the inherent resilience of the cloud environment. Collaboration between infrastructure teams and DevSecOps teams is essential in building resilient cloud-native applications. Regular reviews of the data resilience strategy are necessary to ensure its alignment with changing business priorities.

For more insights from Joseph Yang on achieving data resilience in a multi-cloud world, you can listen to his discussion in the PodChats for FutureCIO podcast episode [link goes here].

Source: https://futurecio.tech/podchats-for-futurecio-fundamentals-of-data-resilience-in-2022-and-beyond/

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