Reliant Technology - Perils of Copy Data

These days, nearly every company's storage systems are bursting at the seams with new data that gets created on a daily basis and companies must learn to manage this huge influx of data effectively.

While some may say that this influx of data is in large part due to social media, social media is only one of multiple reasons storage is becoming bloated faster than ever. In fact, a bigger problem is lurking below the surface. Copy data is a major reason companies continually experience storage issues and have problems with backup, restores, and network performance.

Copy Data and It’s Challenges

Copy data is the creation of multiple redundant copies of documents, files, and other electronic data. It comes from having siloed systems that operate independently of each other, such as disaster recovery, business continuity, test, development, and backups.

When each of application performs essentially the same functions, like copy, store, move, and restore, it’s not surprising that storage is constantly near maximum capacity.

Copy data also presents network performance problems. Networks are slowed down by copy, store, move, and restore functions, which then inflicts sluggish performance on critical applications. And having multiple disjointed systems all essentially performing the same functions can be costly - as many companies move to virtualized environments with a fee based cost structure, maintaining outdated legacy systems becomes cumbersome and expensive.

A Potential Solution

As network performance, data integrity, and overtaxed budgets constrain companies, IT departments are on the lookout for smarter alternatives. One solution is Copy Data Management (CDM) software.

CDM software eliminates copy data issues by creating just a one full copy of the data at a time. When changes are made to the production environment, the software creates and stores a snapshot of incremental changes at the block level. It then creates a read-write differencing disk without creating an entire new copy.

Because no write operations are directed to the backup copy, there’s no possibility of the primary backup being changed by accident. Having fewer complete copies also reduces server sprawl and reduces costs, since valuable storage space is not taken up with multiple redundant copies of data. In a test, dev, or analytics environment, CDM software can be particularly useful. With CDM, the data can be based on an exact replica of production data, without consuming storage space before it is needed.

If you’re currently grappling with storage capacity issues and you could use some perspective, give us a call at 404 551-4534 and our engineers can go over options like with you.