3 Steps To Create A Data Lifecycle Management Strategy

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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 infrastructure.

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.

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