Based on our experiences and unfolding trends in 2012, the data recovery engineers at Kroll Ontrack have put together their predictions for the year ahead. Solid state drives (SSDs), which are valued by users for their low price and fast performance, will continue to rise in popularity but will also continue to cause individual users and businesses data recovery issues in 2013.
They will do so because the complexity of how data is stored on SSDs makes data recovery highly specialised and time consuming. Of surprise to many is that a single SSD recovery can be as complex as a RAID recovery with eight, 16 or even 32 drives.
SSDs are a newer technology, and very few data recovery providers have the ability to handle the RAID and SSD layers required to put data together in the event of a failure. Recovery requires specialised tools and software, and usually a significant investment in R&D, as data is stored in a different way on each drive. When evaluating SSDs against traditional hard disks, organisations need to make sure that they take into consideration the possibility of data loss and the subsequent need for a more time-consuming data recovery.
The ubiquity of mobile devices will also continue to cause challenges in 2013, especially since new mobile platforms such as Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Office 365 will drive further use of tablets at work. Organisations will need to find ways to accommodate this trend in a secure environment, with both data recovery and data destruction playing a key role in planning.
Migration to new IT platforms can also cause challenges for organisations, which may lose vital data as part of the process if they fail to back up their data properly in the interim. One platform to be aware of is Windows Server 2012, formerly Windows Server 8, which will incorporate a new file system. Windows 2012 also comes with a new file system (ReFS) and a new storage management system (Storage Spaces).
Technology continues to improve in terms of the value it adds to organisations, but the flipside is that data can be at risk during the transition phase if companies do not maintain effective backups. The role of Kroll Ontrack is to anticipate the challenges new technologies cause and we already have our developers researching all of these new systems in order to add support for them to our tools.