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By Evault, Inc., a Seagate Company
Enterprise risk management is a current focus of NCUA. Many credit unions today are facing unrelenting data growth and have limited IT staffs struggling to ensure data availability under tight fiscal constraints. The regulatory environment is putting pressure on network administrators to eliminate manual, error- and risk-prone processes in order to ensure their data is secure and compliant. Consequently, other critical objectives such as supporting distributed environments and complying with ongoing regulatory requirements often are not satisfactorily met.
Disk-based backup answers these challenges. It lets credit unions securely and efficiently protect their core, servers and desktops against data loss. It offers the ability to immediately move backed up copies of data securely off-site, away from potential disasters. Greater security and more centralized administration are two reasons for disk-based backup becoming a solution for addressing many credit unions’ concerns.
Factors Influencing the Adoption of Disk-Based Backup and Unified Recovery
The face of data protection in credit unions has changed dramatically in recent years. This is due to a number of emerging internal and external factors that most credit unions must take into account as part of their efforts to effectively evaluate the merits of any disk-based backup and recovery platform.
How this Drives the Adoption of Disk-Based Backup Technology with Credit Unions
Explosive growth in applications and their underlying data
Increased business reliance on critical, growing applications now requires:
• Rapid backup of applications and data— with minimal disruption to systems or users
• Fast local and remote restores to bring data “back online” after disruption
• A backup/recovery platform flexible enough to scale up, scale out, be managed in-house or out-sourced, as credit union needs grow and change.
Growth in distributed work environments and an emphasis on 24x7 system availability
When credit unions expand to new branch offices, new data protection needs emerge:
• Short nightly backup windows require quick completion of backup processes without bringing production systems offline
• As branch offices emerge with limited access to IT expertise, centralized IT staffs seek technology alternatives to help them simplify protection of remote office data
• Credit unions must provide backup for core banking-processing systems as well as back-office servers and applications.
Emphasis on disaster recovery
Recent acts of nature and terrorism have prompted credit unions to quantify the risk of extended downtime and take proactive steps to mitigate that risk in the form of faster, more immediate, local and off-site recovery.
IT efforts to contain operational and capital costs, consolidate resources and standardize processes
IT organizations are progressing toward a flexible, economical infrastructure that adapts quickly to business changes. For data protection and recovery, this trend has included:
• A move away from the use of separate or dispersed point solutions and IT silos. Companies are moving towards a unified backup and recovery platforms that support wide ranges of operating systems and application environments.
• The need to quickly manage and report on data protection/recovery “readiness” from a central console or Web interface
• The need to free up IT staff resources for more critical functions—replacing inefficient, largely manual tape-based backup/recovery efforts with more efficient, automated backup/recovery from disk.
Increased emphasis on regulatory compliance and data security
NCUA regulations and IT governance initiatives are fueling the following moves:
• Replacing less secure tape backup/tape transport with local/remote disk-based backup that includes end-to-end encryption over LAN or WAN connections
• Encryption of electronic member information while in transit or in storage on networks • Establishing records preservation program and corresponding record retention policies • Use of a central backup/recovery console with role-based security and backup job status information, and quick access to backup/recovery success and failure reports. • Rapid, point-and-click recovery of data sets for internal and external audits.
Today’s environment demands both efficiency and effectiveness in data management. Disk-based backups help credit unions achieve both objectives.
Hundreds of credit union customers have found EVault’s field-proven InfoStage technology, coupled with some of the most flexible and scalable delivery options in the industry, to be the optimal solution. It offers the best balance between fast, disk-based backups and reduced backup data footprints. Recovery also becomes an easy, one-step process.
Learn how EVault can help transform awkward backup processes into streamlined operations you truly can "set and forget". Join EVault on Thursday, August 14th for a free webinar highlighting the value of secure data backup.
Contact an EVault representative today to schedule a demo. Call 877.382.8581 or go to: www.seagateservices.com/2SailSmoothly
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August 4, 2008
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