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The latest data recovery tools restore networks in a flash

By Max Burkhalter
August 28, 2014

Companies that suffer data loss are at a serious disadvantage. The time spent recovering data, reproducing lost work and addressing system flaws cuts into production. In fact, SC Magazine reports that companies lose an average of over $585,000 each year as a result of data loss. This research points to the need for reliable data recovery tools. The next generation of data loss prevention strategies are designed to reliably secure a company's entire network while remaining compatible with virtualized workflows.

The latest in secure backup solutions
Several IT companies have introduced new strategies for designing the perfect data recovery tool. Disaster solutions firm Quorum has created its own two-application system that stores, protects and copies a client's entire file system. One application creates virtual copies at the client's site, then transfers that copy to a data center at another location. This separation ensures that Quorum's tool can restore an entire network in minutes, says Datacenter Dynamics.

Business Computing World predicts solid state drives to be a common component of data recovery plans as the price of the technology continues to fall. Hybrid drives, which combine spinning disk drives with SSD technology, can be used to streamline the task of storing data and creating flash memory backups. Availability of flash memory storage will also allow IT teams to integrate localized backups at the on-site infrastructure's most critical junctures.

Another growing trend in data recovery is securing backup methods with automatic encryptions. Hardware encrypted drives are designed so that the key activates only after the drive itself has been corrupted. This solution helps IT teams prevent data loss scares from turning into full-on security breaches.

Tips for recovery plans
Datacenter Knowledge warns that any company making use of data storage technology should have a detailed data recovery plan. At the very least, companies will benefit from having an indexed list of the files that are most critical to day-to-day business. Even designing a data recovery plan around a few select clusters of data helps to minimize potential losses from a system failure.

The article also stresses that data recovery is not just a matter of protecting revenue. Industry compliance with data security standards is extremely important. These parameters can also be used as guidelines for ways to make your data center more secure. Finally, IT teams working together from multiple facilities can boost connectivity through the use of remote console servers. This technology would facilitate open access between networks for the sake of streamlining data recovery efforts.

Perle's wide range of 1 to 48 port Perle Console Servers provide data center managers and network administrators with secure remote management of any device with a serial console port. Plus, they are the only truly fault tolerant Console Servers on the market with the advanced security functionality needed to easily perform secure remote data center management and out-of-band management of IT assets from anywhere in the world.


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