IT Planner: 5 Steps to Continuous Data Protection - Page 4

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

In addition to ensuring business continuity, many CDP systems offer sophisticated search capability that allows com??ípanies to locate specific files quickly-a requirement for recent additions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding digital data that went into effect Dec. 1, 2006. The new rules require com??ípanies to have policies in place regarding data storage and quick search and accessibility in case of litigation. A good CDP system will find digital evidence in a timely manner.

Step 5: Test for Holes.

Once the CDP system is up and running, test it frequently to make sure there are no holes in coverage.

Most CDP systems are equipped with self-testing tools. Gartner estimates that these kinds of tools are used only once a year on average. That's not nearly enough, according to Dunkelberger, who said that monthly-or at least quarterly-testing is preferred.

"IT managers should be rigorous about making sure their CDP systems are always tuned and doing what they're supposed to be doing," he said. "Compliance is going to change, technology is going to change, data formats are going to change ... Do you think that anybody ever envisioned that you were going to be able to put the Library of Congress on a USB thumb drive someday? I don't think so."

Consider Apple's iPhone, Dunkelberger said. "[The iPhone] is causing fits among IT security and business continuity professionals," he said. "It's not just a phone; it's a 60GB, multifunctional device with all kinds of processing power on it."

Dunkelberger recommends that IT managers look at all devices in terms of their data storage capabilities and what that means for CDP planning-or the subversion thereof.

"Look at the new devices for data storage," he said. "If you do not have a continuous, rigorous continuity strategy that involves the senior management business plan, you will find yourself in the lurch at some point, driven by the next new toy someone wants to bring into the environment."

What does it take to persuade IT decision ??ímakers to plan ahead and look at a CDP strategy?

The answer: pain.

First of all, IT managers can pretty much count on at least one major outage per year, according to IDC and Forrester Research market studies.

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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