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EFFECTIVE DATA PROTECTION AND BACKUP

Data protection is seen as a key element in our client’s IT strategy, helping to meet the security needs of the business and enabling its long-term success.

Investment in IT is part of a group-wide strategy and a centralised team is dedicated to ensuring that the IT environment is secure.

Each division innovates with business-specific technology to enhance user experience and improve efficiency.

The goal was to review the organisation’s existing data protection platform and highlight any risks – and assess whether the current backup and recovery systems were still fit for purpose.

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challenge

Data on the client’s physical and virtual servers is protected by two separate backup platforms, each managed by a different service provider. The client wanted an objective assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of these data protection services.

Effectiveness:

  • Is all data being backed up?
  • Can specific data be recovered from backups within acceptable timescales?

Efficiency:

  • Can the cost of delivering data protection be reduced?
  • All backup technologies (hardware and software) were to be audited against latest options.
  • All backup services were to be compared to industry best practise.

SOLUTION

CSI proposed our Helix Discovery consulting engagement to provide an independent audit of the client’s backup and recovery systems, including all hardware, software and services.

As part of the process, CSI’s data protection experts spent time with the client’s IT team reviewing the status of the technical deployment of backup systems as well as reviewing the managed services delivered by third- party service providers.

The ‘Discovery Show-Back’ phase presented the client with the state of hardware and software delivering data protection, areas of success where the existing systems were performing adequately, specific risks that should be addressed urgently as well as opportunities for improvement.

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Every year by 2022, 40% of organisations will completely replace or supplement their backup systems, compared to what they deployed in 2018.

Critical Capabilities for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions – Gartner

outcomes

Positively, the CSI Helix Discovery engagement concluded that all of the client’s critical data was being backed up successfully.

The investigation also identified opportunities for improvement which led CSI’s team to make recommendations to modernise and consolidate the data protection services, including:

  • Hardware and software that are end-of-support
  • Lack of visibility of the overall state of data protection due to separate third-party service providers
  • Reporting and statistics lack detail and clarity
  • Backup configuration is complex
  • Storage capacity nearing recommended limits
  • Backup policies not applied to data in public clouds

The client is now satisfied the group protects its data with improved effectiveness and efficiency.

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About our client

 

Our client is a specialist construction and property development group who operates several divisions each focussing on a different aspect of infrastructure, urban renewal and property services.

The group delivers projects in the public, regulated and private sectors, and across many industries.

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