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Keeping data safe through business continuity and disaster recovery

May 13, 2022

 Keeping data safe through business continuity and disaster recovery
 
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To ensure the longevity of your business, your data must be protected. That’s why business continuity and disaster recovery have become such a hot topic.
 
Shelby Skrhak speaks with Cheryl Rang, executive director of Advanced Solutions at Ingram Micro, and Gus Iannello, technical account manager and Danny Marmol, senior technical marketing engineer, both with Ingram Micro’s Data Center Tech Force, about:
 
  • The importance of business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Security aspects of data
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery strategies
  • Growing opportunities for resellers

Business continuity and disaster recovery

Organizations across the world have experienced profound data growth.
 
“We’re seeing increasingly complex data environments and the need to be up and running 24/7 is becoming the norm,” Cheryl says. “Protecting data from outages such as natural disasters, corruption or malicious attacks can be crucial to the longevity of every business.”
 
That’s why business continuity and disaster recovery, or BCDR, have become so important.
 
“They refer to the process and the solutions that allow companies to protect and reestablish access to their business critical applications, their data and their IT resources as quickly as possible after an outage or disruption,” Danny says.
 

Security aspects

As organizations embrace hybrid and multicloud infrastructures, not only is data growing, it’s also starting to sprawl across these systems.
 
“A lot of the challenges that IT are facing now are due to these new vulnerabilities,” Gus says. “They are really forcing these IT admins to redefine and rethink their approach to BCDR.”
 

BCDR strategies

An effective approach to BCDR starts with changing your mindset. It’s no longer a matter of if you will have a cyberincident, it’s when.
 
“Once you change your mindset that you're going to continuously be in a defensive posture, then that really will dictate what you're going to be doing from a data protection standpoint,” Gus says.
 
Gus and the rest of the team at the Data Center Tech Force like to recommend that partners use solutions that take a more proactive approach to ransomware. To accomplish that, they can:
 
  • Integrate with things like immutable storage
  • Leverage AI or ML to look for any anomalies in the backup flow
  • Embrace zero trust
  • Even implement basic tactics like two-factor authentication for backup interfaces

Partner resellers

There’s massive opportunities for resellers today to help their clients understand how to protect their data environments.
 
Customers need help creating a more secure environment, but in the process, they also get a more scalable, flexible and cost-effective environment for the future.
 
Assessments are a great way to get your foot in the door at little to no cost to your clients.
 
“There's a tremendous opportunity to be that value-add to your customers and an advocate to walk them through some of those scenarios,” Cheryl says.
 
Email the Data Center Tech Force or visit Ingram Micro’s Penetration Test Assessment for more information.
 
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