As with many businesses, it is likely that your attempts to protect your critical data have unintentionally pushed you toward adopting a whole host of data protection services in response to new data sources.
For instance, you may have implemented one system for backup and recovery for server systems within the data centre and a second and third system for protection of portable devices and Public Cloud services.
These solutions are referred to as point solutions and, after their continued deployment in reaction to new data sources, they can contribute to an over-complex mix of solutions.
Ironically, this additional complexity can actually hinder your ability to accurately assess how well your critical data is protected.
This, however, is not the only potential issue offered by the use of multiple point solutions – within this blog we briefly outline some of the other problems you could face in the absence of a single, dedicated and comprehensive solution.
Lack of Unity
With the exception of those that are from the same vendor, point solutions can rarely be integrated or unified. This means that IT administrators will have to learn to use different tools, potentially having significant effects on their productivity.
Lack of Transparency and Control
Another drawback is the lack of organisation-wide transparency and control. Without a holistic view of your data sources or the ability to monitor protection statuses in real time, it becomes increasingly difficult to adequately assess the standard to which your data sources are protected, leaving your business vulnerable.
Lack of Consistency
Often there is a natural disparity between the exact level of protection offered by different vendors. Whilst this may not necessarily pose an immediate problem to your organisation, consider two equally important data sources: if they are being protected by different systems, how do you account for this difference in protection? Is one invariably at more risk of being breached than the other?
From paying extra for add-ons and complementary tools and features (virtual machine replication, mobile device management and billing modules, for instance), hidden costs are often a necessary evil associated with point protection solutions. Also, in deploying multiple point solutions, you miss out on the ability to capitalise on the economies of scale and discounts afforded by using a single vendor.
A crucial point to consider is that point solutions are designed in response to specific data protection use cases; backing up the data on one particular vendor’s brand of database, for example. Consequently, such solutions have an inherent inability to effectively provide a holistic protection of all your data sources. This forces you to deploy more and more solutions; hugely more time-consuming and costly than the deployment of one, comprehensive data protection solution.
A comprehensive data protection solution like Securo Backup and Recovery can help rid you of these problems associated with multiple solutions in addition to lowering your recovery time and saving you both time and money.
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