Gartner Research

Architecting Data Protection and Recovery for On-Premises and Cloud-Based Data

Published: 29 September 2016

ID: G00304205

Analyst(s): Joseph Antelmi , Jerry Rozeman

Summary

Storage and cloud architects must design infrastructure solutions to protect data from many types of failures. This guidance document provides a five-step process for protecting data in both on-premises and cloud-based storage infrastructures.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Research, Analyze and Classify
    • Build a Cross-Functional Team
    • Inventory and Analyze the Existing IT Information, Data and Storage Types
    • Define Coherent Data Classes for Data Storage and Data Protection
    • Understand and Prioritize the Relevant Risks
    • Consider Defining Data Retention Classes, Policies and Approaches
    • Develop the Storage Components of an IT Service Catalog
  • Step 1: Protect Data From Infrastructure Failures
    • Build High Availability Into Primary Storage
    • High Availability for Primary Storage of Public Cloud Providers
    • Remove Single Points of Failure in the Storage and Storage Access Paths
    • Different Data Classes: Addressing Infrastructure Failures
  • Step 2: Protect On-Premises and Cloud Data From Corruption and User Errors
    • Use Data Snapshots Whenever Possible
    • Create Separate, Off-Device, Off-Site, Medium-Term Data Backup Copies
  • Step 3: Protect On-Premises and Cloud Data From Site Failures
    • Data Replication/Transport Alternatives
    • Tape Shipping/Vaulting Off-Site
    • Newer Approaches to Off-Site Data Replication
    • Using Cloud-Based Services for Disaster Recovery
    • It's Imperative: Test the Disaster Recovery Environment!
  • Step 4: Protect Data for Recovery From Cyberattacks and Security Breaches
    • WORM Technology
    • Air-Gap-Based Protection and Recovery
  • Step 5: Implement the New Data Protection Architecture
    • Implement Key Practices First
    • Implement the Rest
    • Ongoing Recommended Management Practices
    • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Conclusion

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