Data storage and archiving
Over recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of data that businesses create and therefore need to store and backup. In fact, the amount of data that businesses produce has become a real problem from a storage and backup point of view, and we work with clients to analyse their data to determine what type of data it is and how important it is to the business, how long they need to keep it and how quickly they would need it to be available again in the event of a disaster. From this analysis we help our clients to draw up a data plan, which is an outline of how data will be stored in a business, folder structure and naming conventions. The plan is intended to be flexible and should evolve as requirements change, but ultimately it will provide the business with a mechanism to efficiently store their data so that their staff can use it easily, and it can be backed up and restored quickly. Some data will be critical, current data that the business needs every data to function, other data is less critical and is only used now and again, and some data is archived data only needed for reference or compliance needs. How this data is stored should reflect its use, backup strategy and ultimately a restore priority in the event of a disaster.
The well-executed data plan will pay dividends in the long term as data is archived and eventually deleted.