What is the real value of your data? What is the hourly cost for your business when your servers are down?
When was the last time you verified your backups? How old was the data you verified? Was it in fact relevant to your business?
Once the recovery process is completed, how many hours will pass before the business is operational, and what happens to incoming data streams during the outage?
If the DR process takes 8 hours to complete, you effectively have a 8 hour “hole” in every database and system that needs mending, all hands on deck! The mending process is often manual, lengthy and exhausting for the staff, and therefore scattered with risks for human errors.
The InMage:Scout software platform offers unprecedented Return Point Objectives and Return Time Objectives (RPO/RTO).
What does this even mean?
InMage:Scout is designed to give your organization a new found business agility and ways to manage LOGICAL protection of your business vital systems in a way that simply is impossible with traditional backup/restore schemes.
So what is logical protection? How is it different from physical protection of data? Well, physical protection will protect you from water and fire. Logical protection will protect you from things like cyber-attacks and unfortunate mishaps in the normal systems maintenance process: a patch to a database program is performed that mistakenly destroy the content of the database.
This is where the time element comes into play: how often do you make a copy of your systems and your data? Once the data is gone or corrupted, the pace at which this happens becomes extremely important.
With InMage:Scout every 8K of data that is written to a disk is protected. All the time. Continuously. This allows for the sysadmin to, once the disaster have happened, return to virtually any point in time for each disk that you have assigned a protection scheme to, mount it, and simply start the system from that point in time.
This is a fantastic evolutionary step in the world of data protection. Why? Because it allows for practice: you do not have to wait for the disaster to practice using this platform: you could evaluate and verify it every hour of every day if you wanted to. Perhaps this is the most significant value of InMage:Scout: it allows for practice without affecting the running production environment. No more guesswork: You will know that your protection works simply because verifying it is easy to do, so there is a real chance it will get done on a regular basis.
Ask yourself : When will I be back in business?
Once You realize all of the above, and think: hey this all makes a lot of sense to me! Where do you begin your CDP journey?
I normally start out with the following three simple steps to kick start the process:
- Understand the parameters of the existing environment: Architecture/Hard & Soft elements/Data Volume & Change Rate.
- Define and document what the customer might expect from a CDP solution such as InMage:Scout. What can and can not be achieved given the current infrastructure elements?
- Confirm that there is a budget for what a+b renders in terms of a specific Scout configuration: i.e. would investing in a Scout Project be financially meaningful for you?
Would You be open for a chat on this with respect to Your Business?