How to minimise the business risks of SSD data loss

22 March 2013 by Robert Winter

SSD DriveThis post concludes a series on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and their role in enterprise storage.  The first highlighted the differences between traditional HDDs and SSDs.  The second uncovered the challenges associated with data destruction and asset disposal. This post offers tips on minimising the risks associated with a data loss incident.

Taking informed steps to reduce the impact of a data loss incident involving SSD can greatly improve an organisation’s chances of recovering the data.  Indeed, these five suggestions apply equally to both SSD and HDD storage devices:

Disaster recovery plan documentation:  A comprehensive disaster recovery plan is crucial to responding to emergencies.  It should include details about system configuration as well as physical maps and documentation of the data centre and infrastructure. A contact list that identifies which data recovery company to use during emergencies should also be part of the plan - so when disaster strikes, time isn’t wasted looking for help.

Storage: A thorough understanding of how data is stored can ensure the right action is taken when disaster strikes.  Find out what type of RAID and file system is used and whether the storage deploys traditional, solid state or a fusion of SSDs and HDDs.

Operating system and file system choices:  Choose the right operating system and file system for storage and data to avoid corrupted volumes.

Backups:  Conduct regular tests of backups and confirm that data can be recovered.  Try to store the backup offsite as well to protect data from physical disasters such as flooding and fire.

Data centre organisation and design: Regularly audit every aspect of the data centre storage and device to identify vulnerabilities in the set up. Poor design and implementation of infrastructure can cause much larger issues in the event of a disaster.  Best to identify potential problems before they lead to a major calamity.

So much of preventing and minimising the impact of data disasters is about preparing for the worst.  A good recovery programme can overcome many of the challenges that come with data loss and help companies save time, money and reputations.  Take the time to prepare for the worst so critical data is safe.

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