CIO | SEP 11, 2013 8:00 AM PT
If you think backing up files and software to a storage device or to the cloud will automatically preserve and protect them (and your organization), think again. Data storage and management experts discuss what steps you need to take to properly manage and store data — and why just backing up data is not enough.
“When it comes to storing data, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution,” says Orlando Scott-Cowley, Messaging, Security and Storage Evangelist at Mimecast, a cloud and mobile data storage and security provider.
Before you decide where or how you will store your structured and unstructured data, “companies first need to understand the amount and type of data they have along with the motivation behind storing the information,” Cowley says. “Having this background will help determine what route to take, whether building on-premise solutions or moving to the cloud,” or some combination of the two.
So how do you formulate that sound data storage management strategy? CIO.com asked dozens of storage and data management experts, which resulted in these top 14 suggestions regarding what steps you need to take to choose the right data storage solution(s) for your organization — and how you can better ensure your data is properly protected and retrievable.