Top 3 Benefits of Data Redundancy for Your BusinessJason Siddall
That data redundancy benefits your business may at first sound like an oxymoron. How can anything redundant benefit anyone? But you knew than answer to that already, else you wouldn’t be reading this. The fact that business operational status can be made more robust is of interest to any and all concerned with best business practice.
What Exactly is Data Redundancy?
Data redundancy essentially references duplicated data, whether it be two different spots in multiple software platforms or environments or two different fields in one database. When done accidentally or in error, the results are negative and can lead to massive issues down the road.
But not all duplications are superfluous.
In certain instances what is considered data redundancy is part of a deliberate and essential backup, often in two separate repositories for recovery purposes should there occur a network, server or internet failure. In customer-service oriented enterprises where efficacy and promptness build essential trust, being able to demonstrate fast, quick updates go a long way to foster sound business relationships.
Most companies migrate their essential data to the Cloud for all the good reasons in the world. Still, there’s no sense in being gullible – it’s not “the Cloud” of its own that’s is providing protection as if that makes it untouchable. Rather, it’s the way a data vendor sets you up that dictates the security of your priceless data.
You check up with your DBA (Data-Base Administrator) that they have not just protected your customer data in a primary CRM (Customer Relations Management) system however impressive, only to place your precious data backup in some inventory system complete with weak username and easily hijack-able passwords.
The solution is simple. An API (Application Program Interface) likely goes hand-in-hand with your CRM system to facilitate secure access to your customer data. That could be very easily integrated directly into an inventory system. The idea is to contain your essential data in a single location which feeds out to secure backup platforms and can be accessed quickly and easily. That way you have a centralized location from which to control redundant data. Public cloud providers offer MDM (Master Data Management) systems.
Check that your provider is linking your data to a single point of reference.
How Data Redundancy Benefits Your Business
- Unlimited storage, along with comprehensive migration options for your data is now possible via ‘the cloud’. It goes without saying that entrusting the heart of your operation to the hands of a vendor is nerve-wracking. Make sure you use a reputable vendor – us for example, no kidding.
- Contingency. Most companies are set up for backing up their data – often locally. The problem here is that your data is exposed to malware which would totally compromise your backups. Adding an intentional layer of protection by way of data redundancy is the smart thing to do.
- Offsite data centres prevent the tragedy of data loss and the attending recovery processes. Difficult customers may request compensation for their PII (Personally Identifiable Information), which you can sweetly oblige them if you have offsite replication because you can assure them that all operational data retained its privacy status in the ‘Cloud’.
Web servers who are data redundant savvy should have an array of RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) which they’d use to mirror contents on other drives in the event of one in their array conking out. Others may copy your data across to couple of different physical systems designed to come into play in the event of any primary system failure. It goes without saying that if you are running a high-traffic website, it should already have its own balancing system in which case your data is already being stored on multiple servers.
Most certainly then data redundancy needs to be a part of your BDR (Backup & Disaster Recovery).
Creating compressed, encrypted duplications of data means you are prepared and therefore have no need for anxious concern when things go awry for whatever reason. Is there even a price to pay to such peace of mind?
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