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Data Quality and Governance – why should you care?

Working in data storage in my earlier years, there was always an element of what type of data would be stored on the storage we would architect so that we would get a feel for the performance and capacity required to hold that data – this discussion would naturally lead onto data management, its lifecycle and what it needs to do once it expires.

In a bid to expand the conversation (and sometimes the sale), someone in the room would always ask about data quality, and what software do we have to help to ensure that high data quality exists throughout the complete lifecycle of the data when it is created and stored.

The outputs are only as good as the inputs, and if you feed an analytics engine or database dirty data then you can expect to fall down a rabbit hole – especially if your organisations relies heavily on this information to make key business decisions.

Take a look at the following statistics that I came across a year or so ago (I’m glad I saved this):

All of these factors can have huge implications on achieving business results, not surprisingly over half of the errors are attributed to having no data at all! So how does one prevent making bad decisions with bad data?

It all starts with how you architect data collection points and its relevant data types – take a web form for example. Now I know if you are reading this, then no doubt you would of had to fill in a web form multiple times during your life, whether it is to create a new account on a new social media platform, or to fill in a survey. You might of noticed that some of the drop down boxes only allow certain syntaxes and formats in the bid to ensure accurate data – like typing an email address without the @ sign should not be accepted.

If these measures are not in place, then the end result is a bunch of useless data that is not accurate and likely going to cause your organisation headaches (you can’t email a prospect with no @ in their email).  This leads to lost sales, mistakes, and a lot of administration time trying to clean the data.

My next post in this area will dive a little deeper, and provide some fundamentals on how your organisation can architect a robust data quality and management strategy.

 

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Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 is now generally available! (Sponsored Post)

If you read my recent “No downtime for the Enterprise” post I wrote for Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure blog site, you would of learned that even in today’s words, system outages are still costing the enterprise millions and millions of dollars in lost revenue.

For backup and recovery providers like Vembu, this provides the opportunity to mitigate that risk, to help customers establish a steady recovery plan to not only counter data loss potential but also tackle compliance responsibilities at the same time (take  the upcoming EU’s GDPR) for example ).

Last week, they announced the release of Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 which offers manifold features and enhancements to meet the different needs of diverse IT environments. According to them, the overall goal of the new version v3.9.0 is to continue to provide advancements in terms of Storage, Security, and Data Restoration.

Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 release addresses a number of critical features, here are some of their provided key highlights of this release:

 

Tape Backup Support

 Vembu now provides the popular 3-2-1 backup strategy (Three copies of backup on two different types of medias (Disk and Tape) as well as one backup copy at offsite) to businesses by announcing the support for Native Tape Backup for Image-based Backups (VMware, Hyper-V, and Physical Windows Servers & Workstations) providing an option for Long-Term Archival and Offsite storage.  Also, Vembu Tape Backup Support makes the DR possible on any physical or virtual environment. Thus Vembu Tape backup is designed keeping in mind the future needs of the ever evolving IT demands.

 

Quick VM Recovery on ESXi host for Hyper-V and Windows Image Backups

As we speak of data backup, recovery of data is equally important, if not more. While data recovery is crucial, the amount of time taken to restore data decides the business continuity of any organization. In the previous versions, Vembu has provided instant recovery capabilities only for VMware Backups from the GUI. From this release v3.9.0, Vembu makes the instant recovery process much simpler and quicker than before by making the Quick VM Recovery possible on VMware ESXi from Vembu BDR backup server console for all image-based backups(VMware, Hyper-V and Microsoft Windows). Thus, Vembu lowers the Recovery Time Objectives of the organizations and provides quicker data regain and access.

 

Backup-level Encryption

With the newest release, Vembu provides the ability to encrypt the data while creating a backup job. Each backup job that is configured from the distributed agents or through the Vembu BDR backup server is now highly secured through Backup-level Encryption. By using customized passwords, users will now be able to enable additional security for their backup jobs. And the backup data can be restored/accessed only by providing the password. Thus, the data is encrypted and can only be accessed by authorized users. This step is to fight data threats and also to ensure data compliances.

 

Auto Authorization at Vembu OffsiteDR Server

Offsite data protection is critical in terms of business continuity and is primarily done to keep a backup instance of key business data. To increase data security, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 has Auto Authorization feature at Vembu OffsiteDR server that lets only the registered BDR backup servers to connect to the OffsiteDR server. Vembu BDR servers are authorized through unique registration key generated at the OffsiteDR server. Thus, safeguard all your backup data even if they are transferred to offsite through Auto-Authorization at OffsiteDR server

 

Pre/Post backup scripts

Many businesses are in a need to execute certain business logic before or after a backup job. But running these logics manually through scripts is difficult and is not feasible for organizations having multiple backup jobs running in their IT infrastructure. To make this process simpler, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 provides a separate wizard in NetworkBackup, OnlineBackup and ImageBackup clients, where one can add a number of pre and post executable commands/scripts. This helps in automatically executing the added commands/scripts at specific stages based on the configuration and provides the ability to run the custom actions before/after the backup schedules.

 

Besides all the listed features, Vembu BDR Suite v3.9.0 has few other interesting features like Windows Event Viewer Integration along with some Enhancements.

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