The Critical Role of Data Management in Business Resilience
In these challenging times brought about by this global health crisis, business resilience has taken on a whole new meaning. In the past, it was mainly focused on a few critical applications, a relatively small percentage of data that was critical to restart or recover the business and all of which was focused on getting back to “how things were” as soon as possible. Business resilience, or business continuity plans, assumed that the world stayed the same during your individual disaster. Whether your business outage was weather-, seismic activity-, or IT infrastructure-related, most business recovery plans focused on recovering good data to a location where critical applications could once again allow everyone to conduct business. Recent events have changed all that. While the ability for your team and business-critical applications to access and leverage your data is still the goal, most businesses are no longer trying to get back to “what was,” but, rather, to a new place. And while marketing often summarizes this new goal as, “becoming a digital enterprise,” it hardly reflects how dramatic a change your business is experiencing. What we can clearly identify is that the most critical component necessary to navigate these uncharted waters and emerge as a changed business, well-positioned to compete in the new normal, is DATA. Your business’ ability to survive and thrive depends on making solid, data-driven decisions to set a new direction or chart a new course of action. As this pandemic has demonstrated in many ways, you cannot use history as your guide when there is no historical precedent. You cannot “use your gut” to navigate. What you need is data, as much as you can gather to make informed decisions, and excellent data management. Of course, you also need to be able to execute on those decisions and use data to monitor your success. Building business resiliency that is based on solid, reliable data requires four things:
- Data Visibility. You must be able to access and review all your data. This requires visibility across your entire data storage infrastructure.
- Data Flexibility. Running your applications in the cloud, on premise, or at the edge means you need to manage storage across your hybrid environment with the performance your workloads require.
- Data Governance. You must have the ability to manage and govern data consistently from the edge to data center and the cloud.
- Data Cost Control. Controlling costs, while ensuring secure access to your data, maximizes the value of your data.
Aspire Technology Partners is a NetApp Gold Partner and is closely aligned with NetApp’s data driven solutions which help customers achieve digital transformation and IT modernization. As a Gold Partner, Aspire is committed to the continuous refinement of our people skills and expertise in the solution areas of hyperconverged infrastructure, cloud services, flash storage, and data management. The Aspire and NetApp partnership and collaboration allow us to guide customers throughout their digital journey, as they use data at the core, in the edge, in their Data Center or in the Cloud, to innovate platforms and services for their customers, employees, and partners.