Data

Everything your customers need to ensure their data is in tip-top shape

Data is one of the most important assets a business has. The right data can help a business grow, improve processes and get the right information to the right people. Data today goes beyond Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity planning. Protection for all key systems is critical to the long-term success of the business because disasters come in a variety of sizes but Data regulations worldwide also require knowledge of where data resides and how to ensure compliance. Climb’s Data solutions deliver the right level of compliance, protection and resolve a wide variety of possible disasters in the IT environment.

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Data Back-Up and Recovery

Data back-up and recovery is a vital step in a business’ data management and security strategy. In the event of a security breach or data loss, having a back-up solution and disaster recovery process ensures minimal downtime and prevents permanent loss of data, which could cost a company exponentially. Finding the right solution for your customers depends on the amount of data that requires back-up and the location the data is stored; for example, data center back-up, cloud back-up, multi-platform/hybrid back-up etc.

Why is data back-up and recovery so important?

Firstly, a company requires a back-up solution and recovery process to remain compliant. However, it’s also much more than that. All data is a target for hackers. If a business has not backed up their data (wherever it’s located), in the event of a cyber attack or error causing data loss, their primary data is lost forever. Where most database platforms offer built in back-up and recovery, the recovery rarely covers the entirety of the data, leaving gaps in the data set or older versions of some data. In this event, it is impossible to recover what was lost, or fully understand how much data has been lost.

Solutions that specialise in data back-up and recovery can be adapted and implemented to work alongside your customers’ database, platforms and business processes. This ensures that when primary data fails (either through a or other cause of data loss), the disaster recovery process is initiated immediately to minimise downtime. Additionally, the automated back-up of data ensures the most recent version of that data is recovered.

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Top data back-up and recovery trends for 2023

When pitching the necessity of a having a back-up and recovery solution, or improving on a businesses current back-up and recovery process, it is imperative to understand the direction the market is going in and how this might impact a companies future planning for their data management.  The trends below feature both supporting and contradictive predictions for 2023, which are important to note when having these discussions with customers and how their long-term goals may flex and change in line with the market.

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The global growth of cloud back-up and recovery is estimated to grow by over 20 million(USD) by 2027.

The global growth of data center back-up is predicted to grow by 5507 million(USD) by 2027.

Increase in demand from end-users is pushing providers to develop more rapid recovery solutions.

Businesses opting for Storage as a Service for back-ups, benefitting from consumption-based pricing.

Aligning back-up and data storage strategies with sustainability targets will continue to grow cloud migration.

The overall cost of back-up storage reducing due to market saturation after the industry boom during the pandemic.

In line with the above, a demand for cheaper rapid back-up storage to mitigate exponential growing business costs.

Many businesses haven’t seen the financial benefits of migrating to the cloud and could reverse the migration, preferring a hybrid or solely on-premises approach.

Overall, improving back-up and recovery is one of the major predicted trends in both security and data management in 2023 and beyond. However, this will be challenging with potential security budget cuts due to the exponential growth of other business costs.

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Data Management & Migration

Effective data management and migration have become key components for organisations to use their valuable data to its full potential. Data management governs the lifecycle of data within an organisation, ensuring its integrity, availability, and accessibility. Simultaneously, data migration forms a subset of data management, involving the efficient transfer of information from one system or platform to another. This is often actioned due to technology upgrades, system consolidations, restructuring, and moving from on-premises to the cloud.

These solutions are important in turning raw data into actionable insights, fostering growth, and being resilient to dynamic challenges in an increasingly data centric world.

Benefits and Consequences of Data Management

Understanding an end-users motivation for enquiring about a particular data management product(s) can help to deliver the best solution for them, and offer suggestions for other solutions to improve the management of their data.

Benefits

In short, the main benefit of levelling up a businesses’ data management are increased revenue, but there are many more, including;

  • Increased understanding of customer behavior (master data)
  • Improved data visualisation and inventory
  • More secure and compliant data management
  • Lower storage costs due to less unneeded metadata
  • Increased data literacy across the business

Consequences

The consequences of overlooking or failing to manage every stage of the data lifecycle can be catastrophic for a business. It can lead to;

  • Overspending on database storage for unused, duplicated or irrelevant data
  • Improper handling of data, data leaks and poor security
  • Inefficient processes for capturing, storing and implementing data
  • Reduced ROI on data-led marketing and sales targeting
  • Large fines for poor data governance and security

The importance of Data Maintenance

An organisation’s data is an invaluable resource. Proper data maintenance can help a company work more efficiently and the right data ensures targets and strategies are based on the latest available data.  

Keeps companies up to date

Keeps companies up to date

Keeping data current and up to date ensures a company is in the best position to cater to its audience.

Database efficiency

Database efficiency

Improves database efficiency by deleting redundant data to ensure databases run at peak performance.

Simplifies Data Recovery

Simplifies Data Recovery

Generates archival backups of critical data to simplify the data recovery process when needed.

Protects Against Threats

Protects Against Threats

Reduces the risk of downtime and can help protect against malicious attacks.

Saves Time

Saves Time

Tasks can be automated and the saved time can be spent on other activities that benefit the business.

The importance of Data Maintenance

An organisation’s data is an invaluable resource. Proper data maintenance can help a company work more efficiently and the right data ensures targets and strategies are based on the latest available data.  

Keeps companies up to date

Keeps companies up to date

Keeping data current and up to date ensures a company is in the best position to cater to its audience.

Database efficiency

Database efficiency

Improves database efficiency by deleting redundant data to ensure databases run at peak performance.

Simplifies Data Recovery

Simplifies Data Recovery

Generates archival backups of critical data to simplify the data recovery process when needed.

Protects Against Threats

Protects Against Threats

Reduces the risk of downtime and can help protect against malicious attacks.

Saves Time

Saves Time

Tasks can be automated and the saved time can be spent on other activities that benefit the business.

Types of Data Migrations

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Storage Migration

Cloud Migration

Application Migration

Top Data Migration Challenges

Data migrations need to be well prepared, thought out and can’t be rushed, as otherwise, problems can occur, which can lead to data loss and system downtime. Below are the top challenges that come with data migrations and how they can be avoided.

No matter the size of the migration, there are users that care about and use the data being moved. They need to be advised on the need for the project and the impact it can have on their tasks before the migration takes place.

Having identified the stakeholders, they need to be kept informed on the progress of the project, especially if there are delays or problems occur. Regular communication goes a long way of keeping the trust with everyone involved.

It is important to document who has the rights to create, approve, edit, or remove data from the source system and document it in the project plan.

Data migration is a straightforward, but complex task, which needs professionals with experience and the right solutions to support to ensure the process goes smoothly. It further needs to be given enough time in the planning stage to guarantee a success. Having a solid plan in place doesn’t avoid pit falls but can save hours when it comes to actually moving the data.

Having the right software solutions in place to support the migration is essential. If it is a large migration, the software needs to be able to handle the amount of data and run smoothly to avoid delays. Just as important is having the right skill set in the people involved in the project. If needed, a specialist firm or solution provider should be consulted to ensure a smooth migration.

Vendors and projects must be managed. If people involved in the project are still doing their day job, the company needs to ensure that they have enough time to focus on the project and working with the suppliers.

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Grow your business with our technical services

Climb Global Services are here to help you deliver value-add services to your customers. Our in-house technical services team works across a range of vendors and solution areas. Their services can be white-labelled to add another revenue stream to your business and drive customer loyalty.

The team can help you and your customers move to the cloud, whether that’s Azure, Microsoft 365 or AWS. They can support all aspects of cloud adoption from migration to training and enablement services as part of our Cloud Solution Provider programme.

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Data Storage

Data storage is the collective methods and technologies that capture and retain digital information. This can be either integrated hardware or software systems. Every year business data grows, which makes it so important that your customers have the right data storage solutions to keep their business running efficiently.

Cloud Storage

Gartner forecasts that in 2023 worldwide
public cloud spending will grow by 20.7%

The demand for storage devices has increased exponentially as paper-based work is replaced with computers, with cloud storage becoming the most trending and highly adopted data storage platform. The Cloud offers users high storage capacity and multiple cloud models to suit each user's requirements.

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47%

of businesses say data growth
is one of their top three challenges

79%

of IT professionals say managing storage
growth is their dominant pain point

47%

of businesses say data growth
is one of their top three challenges

79%

of IT professionals say managing storage
growth is their dominant pain point

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What to consider when looking for a storage solution

Your customers need to understand how much storage they currently use in order to estimate what they will need moving forward. Your customers might benefit from compression and deduplication, which will offer significant storage savings.

Your customers need to consider how fast the performance of their storage solutions needs to be to allow for efficient working with the saved files/data.

Storing data only on physical drives does not necessarily keep it safe. It is recommended to have multiple copies of your data.

If your customers are using old on-premises servers, it could be time to look at a cloud solution that offers server, storage and networking all in one. If they are using up-to-date servers, it can still be worth looking at new and update options to ensure the optimal storage solution.

Benefits of digital data storage

Long-lasting preservation

Long-lasting preservation

Digital data storage makes it easier to group together large volumes of information and store them for long periods of time.

Easier accessibility

Easier accessibility

Documents are available on the computer instead of having to physically look for them in a filing system.

Efficient data recovery

Efficient data recovery

It is easy to make a copy of stored data, making recovery fast and simple if a file is lost or corrupted.

Smaller physical footprint

Smaller physical footprint

No need for a physical filing system and it is easier to add more digital storage when required.

Increased security

Increased security

It is easier to digitally secure sensitive information with advanced tools and features.

Easier collaboration

Easier collaboration

All data is centrally stored and accessible by authorised users. This makes it easier to share and collaborate with colleagues, especially when stored in the cloud.

Efficient document management

Efficient document management

It is easy to organise digital files and arrange them on your computer/network/storage space.

Enhanced productivity and workflow

Enhanced productivity and workflow

Saving data digitally takes little time compared to printing out physical documents, creating files and storing them.

Benefits of digital data storage

Long-lasting preservation

Long-lasting preservation

Digital data storage makes it easier to group together large volumes of information and store them for long periods of time.

Easier accessibility

Easier accessibility

Documents are available on the computer instead of having to physically look for them in a filing system.

Efficient data recovery

Efficient data recovery

It is easy to make a copy of stored data, making recovery fast and simple if a file is lost or corrupted.

Smaller physical footprint

Smaller physical footprint

No need for a physical filing system and it is easier to add more digital storage when required.

Increased security

Increased security

It is easier to digitally secure sensitive information with advanced tools and features.

Easier collaboration

Easier collaboration

All data is centrally stored and accessible by authorised users. This makes it easier to share and collaborate with colleagues, especially when stored in the cloud.

Efficient document management

Efficient document management

It is easy to organise digital files and arrange them on your computer/network/storage space.

Enhanced productivity and workflow

Enhanced productivity and workflow

Saving data digitally takes little time compared to printing out physical documents, creating files and storing them.

Case Study

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Case study - Wasabi

A major US city has transitioned to Wasabi storage to protect critical applications and data. They were originally using a competitor's storage solution but needed a simpler and faster-performing alternative after their data retrievals took up to 5 hours, creating long recovery times. Wasabi hot cloud storage is 6x faster than their original solution and 80% cheaper.

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Data Protection

Data Protection is the process of safeguarding important information, this could be names, addresses and even IP addresses and cookie identifiers. In 2018 GDPR was enforced across Europe to ensure that this data is stored securely by businesses and cannot be accessed from any outside sources. Data protection solutions protect against inside threats, malware, ransomware and more, and ensure your customers businesses don’t fall victim to a data breach.

Why is data protection important?

Companies store personally identifiable information (PII) of their customers, employees, and stakeholders. If this data is not protected, hackers can breach security protocols and access the information, causing harm to thousands of people. Since the introduction of the GDPR, organisations that are breached and have not complied with GDPR can be fined either 4% of global turnover or £20 million, whichever is the highest.

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Data breach statistics

In 2020 organisations were forced to adopt remote working and they began moving their data from on-premises to the cloud to ensure employees could access the needed information from anywhere. At that point, businesses had to ensure their cyber security policies were still effective while their employees were working from home.

35%

of organisations in the UK were attacked with ransomware in 2021

21%

of businesses reporting cyber breaches or attacks experienced a loss of money/data

83%

of cyber breaches in 2021 were from phishing attacks in the form of fraudulent emails to staff

14%

of UK businesses had training or
awareness raising sessions on cyber security

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British Airways data breach

In 2018, British Airways suffered a serious cyber-attack, affecting approximately 420,000 staff members and clients. The information compromised were names, emails, addresses, and employee login details. Of the 420,000 affected by the breach, 380,000 also had their financial data compromised. British Airways were fined £20 million.

Get in touch with our Team

Climb Channel Solutions works with a wide range of vendors that offer data solutions, from data back-up and recovery to data protection.

Our team of experts can help you get the right solutions for your customers to protect, maintain and manage their data environment.

Our technical services team can provide customers with a comprehensive understanding of their unstructured data and further support your customers' migrations to ensure their migration projects are a success.

Get in touch with our team via the form or give us a call on +44 1364 655 200.

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