The importance of protecting your data from risks such as natural disasters and human error is well understood by almost everyone these days -- even kids know the feeling of losing a term paper or their progress in a video game -- but the benefits of protecting your critical business data with a service aren't as obvious.
Services have been around for a long time, but in the past 10 years IT has been expanding the application of the concept. An obvious example of where "as a service" makes sense is with electricity. Everyone knows that it would be far more expensive (and impractical) to buy an electric generator to power your business yourself, rather than signing up for electrical service from your local utility provider. Price is always important--and often a main factor in decision making-- but with some things, reliability can be even more important. For most organizations, managing data protection isn't a full time job, so no one is dedicating all their time to it (jack of all trades, master of none). It requires a very diligent person to keep up with the software updates, technology progress and daily job reports -- when they are probably focused on strategic initiatives that the company relies on them to do. This can lead an organization down a path where it becomes vulnerable to any number of disasters.
What is Data Protection as a Service?
DPaaS (Data Protection as a Service) is when you rely on a service provider to protect your data. DPaaS helps with archival data for long-term retention requirements, and aids in the quick recovery of any current data to avoid business interruption. It also enhances network security builds better security for data-at-rest and data-in-motion, when it's most vulnerable. Basically, an easier and more cost effective way to protect your data. This is because it is often less expensive than buying storage hardware, licensing and paying someone to set it up and keep it operational. You pay a monthly subscription (like a utility bill) that includes everything you need to ensure you can always recover your data.
DPaaS can include:
- Storage hardware (local and remote)
- Performing regularly scheduled test restores
- Monitoring of system health
- Incident response (failed jobs)
- Request response (restores)
- Software and hardware upgrades
- Immutable copies (even you can't delete your data)
- Audits (is all your data actually protected?)
In any organization there are strategic dependencies, that if mastered, can give you a market advantage. But there are also those things that you have to do to mitigate risks, but aren't considered strategically important. Data protection is one of those things. A company's most valuable resource is its people, keeping them focused on the most important strategic initiatives is imperative to success. Protecting your data with a service while providing your team the time to focus on the most important things, is a win-win.
Transform Your Data Protection Strategy with DSM!
As Florida’s preferred cloud provider, DSM has been serving clients IT needs for over 30 years. DSM's Data Protection as a Service offering provides backup and restore capabilities of your data that are crucial to your business stability, such as physical, virtual, NAS, office 365, etc. DSM protects your data wherever you store it: on-site, off-site, in the private or public cloud, and even hybrid environments. For systems of all sizes, DSM ensures ready, reliable access to your essential data.
For more information on how DSM can eliminate your Data Protection woe's, contact our team of experts today.