3 Steps To Create A Data Lifecycle Management Strategy
Are there more opportunities to protect, preserve and
serve your digital assets? Creating a data lifecycle
management strategy can help you determine whether or
not to treat all your information, data and storage media
the same, or to leverage tiered protection.
Step 1:Take A Step Back
If something happens to your information, applications,
data or storage, you can’t go back in time to find and
access those records.
That’s why it’s important to have a data protection
lifecycle strategy that aligns with broader information,
data and storage—including media management. Create
a strategy to manage and coordinate the different
lifecycles in your information and data management
While one set of data may have a lifecycle that spans
many years or decades, its underlying storage systems
and media may be on shorter lifecycles.
Step 2:Consider The Past And The Future
Understand that today, data remains active from a
read perspective, either on a sustained basis or during
different intervals, as new copies, copies of copies,
metadata and new data are produced. By understanding
that this base data that is being read is static and
unchanging, organizations gain insight into how this data
can be protected differently in the future. For example, if
an organization has a large amount of static data, it can
examine why it is being protected on a frequent basis
versus a less frequent cycle. It might be time to step
back and revisit the applications, information and data
and storage lifecycles, along with their associated data
protection lifecycle management strategy.
Step 3:Focus On What’s Important
Companies that know and understand the similarities and
differences across their information, data and storage
media, along with their associated lifecycle management
and tiered protection, can unlock value while removing
complexity and costs to sustain growth.
Start by revisiting information, data and storage media
management, along with their corresponding lifecycles.
Then, focus on what can be accomplished today in
comparison to how processes worked in the past. You can
then begin to remove costs by finding and addressing
data protection complexities at the source, as opposed
to cutting service. By understanding your applications,
information and data, you can create a storage lifecycle
management strategy that protects, preserves and
serves information in a cost-effective way.
Learn more about how Iron Mountain helps you manage the data lifecycle
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