IT Planner: 5 Steps to Continuous Data Protection - Page 2

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-01-12 Print this article Print

It's important that a CDP system be easy to use and transparent in how it works, Dunkelberger said.

"You can insulate your people from the complexity as you design the system, if you obtain the right software.  You want a system that allows them to do their jobs and not have to worry every day about security," Dunkelberger said. "You also have to plan for workloads, travel, time zone changes, etc. You need a good training and awareness program for all employees who will be empowered to use the CDP."

In addition, organizations should assess all networks and business models to determine risks, as well as operational and financial exposures, said Jonathan Nguyen-Duy, manager of business continuity services at Verizon Business.

"Coordinated network and continuity planning are essential," Nguyen-Duy said. "Base decisions on the principles of risk management. Identify critical business functions and processes and deploy assets to help ensure seamless operations."

Step 2: Determine What Needs to Be Saved.

It's critical to determine what data and applications you need to protect.

Key company data should be identified early in the CDP planning stages. What data is of highest value will all depend on the company, but there are staples that all enterprises need to protect.

Chief among them is e-mail.

"Everybody needs more and more data to do their jobs," Dunkelberger said. "I saw a great quote the other day from an analyst: 90 percent of all company data ends up in e-mail. I don't know if that's exactly true, but it might be close. It's the most commonly used office application. Think about how much data you have in your PC-most of it probably came from somebody sending you a Word document, a spreadsheet, a photo or something else through e-mail."

Also important for CDP storage are instant messaging logs, database content, financial records and CRM (customer relationship management) records. All should be channeled to a CDP system.

Obviously not needed are music files, video games, movies, non-business photos and other kinds of personal documents accrued by employees. These types of files will only slow the entire CDP/storage process. If these files commonly exist on company desktops, laptops and servers, then some other serious corporate issues need to be addressed.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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