Ben Hatton Backing up Big Data

September 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Back in February we shared some thoughts on the philosophy of “big data” , where we explored the growing relevance of big data, and how it can be used by businesses of any size. With so much data constantly being generated at every point in a company’s sales cycle, the challenge that today’s businesses and IT Managers face is in analyzing this data and determining which key pieces of data are most relevant to meeting their goals. Along with this is determining which pieces of this mission-critical data that cannot be easily duplicated or retrieved from another source (some examples being the fans your business has on Facebook, or company videos you have that are hosted on YouTube).

A few examples of your mission-critical data may include things like:

1) Purchase history for your customers
2) Billing information
3) Employee records
4) Secure customer account information
5) Health records
6) Sales/Revenue information

These are just a few simple examples of what this data may look like for you, but ultimately only you will know what your most important data will fully entail. Once you have isolated the most important pieces of data upon which your business relies, the next phase is determining which of this data are only housed internally (meaning, data that is not managed, stored, or accessed by an outside source like YouTube, Facebook, Google, etc.). Business data that is only housed internally at your physical location is by far the most “at risk” data, and therefore should have a solid backup and recovery plan in place in the event of a disaster.

To help put this into perspective, the following graphic visualizes the thought process that you should consider as a business when determining what data is most important to you, and what you should aim to have backed up as part of a disaster recovery plan.

Analyzing your business’ “Big Data”:

Big Data funnel

If you have already gone through this analysis for your unique business’ critical data, or if you could use some friendly assistance in the process, don’t hesitate to Contact Us. We will be happy to help you!

Also, for even more in-depth information on analyzing your business’ unique “big data” and determining your needs, check out our Top 10 Tips for Disaster Recovery whitepaper.

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