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What is Data Resiliency?

Data resiliency is the ability of an organization to withstand disruptions and attacks to its data without interrupting normal operations. Without data resiliency, you are at risk of compromising or losing much of your company’s data as well as trust from your users and customers. In this increasingly digital landscape, a data breach or data loss can spell disaster for your business.

Data has become increasingly vital as companies continue to differentiate themselves in the market. Companies generate unimaginable amounts of data from customer buying habits to employee health records. Protecting this data is essential. Attacks on your company’s data fall into two main categories: physical attacks or cyberattacks.

Physical attacks to your data include natural disasters, such as severe floods, fires and hurricanes. The damage to a local on-premises server can be permanent. There is potential that your data may be lost forever. You can overcome this risk by moving your data to the cloud. By partnering with a cloud data service provider, you won’t have the headache of managing your cloud infrastructure. However, a physical data center still exists somewhere.

Your business may operate in an area with relatively low impact from natural disasters. However, a natural disaster in a different part of the world can still have lasting effects on your data depending on where your cloud service provider operates. Using multiple cloud data service providers as part of a multi cloud or hybrid cloud strategy may lower your risk. Keep in mind though, that managing your data in multiple locations can become complicated.

Power outages can also severely impact your business operations. No power means your server is unable to process any workloads or applications. In an on-demand world, you can’t afford to lose precious time waiting for your server to be restored back to full operations.

Physical hardware, support infrastructure and components in data centers break down over time and need to be maintained. An unexpected equipment breakdown can lead to unexpected data loss, compromise, or access. You need to factor in data resiliency so that your data is protected no matter the condition of your physical hardware.

Cyberattacks include ransomware, email phishing, security breaches, coordinated hacking efforts and other more sophisticated methods. These attacks typically originate from the Internet and can wreak havoc on your business if you’re not prepared. They can also cost your organization thousands of dollars.

Data Resiliency FAQs

Why is data resiliency important?

Data resiliency allows your business to remain profitable. Your organization needs to have a robust data resiliency strategy in place to be able to withstand both physical and cyberattacks. Your data is your competitive edge. Your customer’s frictionless experience with your product or service is your currency. You need to do everything within your power to protect it.

How do you achieve data resiliency?

Some of the main ways you can achieve data resiliency includes using backups and data recovery.

You need to back up your data to a secure location outside of the reach of malicious actors. You can perform data replication where you make a backup copy of the data stored on one physical or virtualized server to another cloud-based instance.

Your server also needs to be backed up in the event of a natural disaster or power outage. In this way, your applications and workloads can continue without interruption. You can also choose to back up your server in the cloud. Keep in mind though, that your cloud bill can quickly spiral out of control if you don’t have a good cloud data management strategy that ensures that copies of data made for DR aren’t adding up your cloud budget.

Data recovery describes how quickly you can switch over to a live or recently saved copy of your data following a physical or cyberattack. Data recovery relies on reliable system alerts that pick up on unusual activity or a security breach.

Becoming Data Resilient with Silk

You may be hesitant to migrate your data and servers to the cloud. With Silk, you can streamline your cloud migration process so that you can gain the benefits of cloud based disaster recovery. On the cloud, you’re no longer tied to a data center that is susceptible to localized natural disasters.

Backups are essential to your business. However, backing up your data consumes significant cloud resources that ultimately adds to your cloud bill. Silk uses a patented snapshot process to create instant copies of your database that have zero footprint. This way, you only pay for the cloud resources that you actually need.

Silk is also always on with no single point of failure, giving you the confidence that your databases are always readily available.

The Silk Cloud DB Virtualization Platform is a virtualized layer that sits between your data and the cloud. Silk breaks the link between computing power and performance on the cloud. As a result, you don’t need to over-provision cloud resources to achieve data resiliency, while still meeting your performance requirements.Learn more about Silk by visiting us at www.silk.us.