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Key Points

  • Data protection is the safeguarding of important data from destruction, alteration, or loss. It is achieved through a combination of technology, business processes, and best practices. Core components of a data protection strategy are backup and recovery, remote data movement, storage system security, and Information Lifecycle Management.
  • Business drivers influencing data-loss strategies are fear of financial loss, the need to comply with regulations, attempts to maintain high productivity, and the need to meet ever-increasing customer demands.
  • Risk is potential exposure to harm. An organization can be harmed when data is unrecoverable, applications fail as a result of data loss, or the time to recover data is unacceptable. The risk to a business manifests itself in lost sales, the inability to operate properly for some time, lawsuits and fines, and the effects of theft of critical information.
  • Increased connectivity creates a risk multiplier. The more resources that can be affected by an event, the greater the potential harm.
  • Business continuity strategies strive to keep businesses operating in the event of disaster. Data protection is a key component of business continuity.
  • Data protection is changing. New practices and technologies include disk-based backup, networked storage, ILM, and remote data movement. These practices and technologies are providing system architects more options for protecting data.
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