How to Protect Your Unstructured Data (Without the Hassle)

Datadobi Marketing,

12 August 2019

Is Your NAS Data Protection Solution Adequate?

IT leaders know that their company’s most valuable asset is data. With 41% of organizations in a global survey reporting at least one data disruption in the past 12 months, protecting that data from corruption, accident, or attack has never been more critical. A data replication solution must provide pristine, off-site copies of your organization’s data. Yet, only 8% of IT decision makers are very confident that their current data protection solution is up to the task.

Looking for a better way to protect your unstructured network-attached storage (NAS) data? Read on.

Unstructured Data Is Not Easy to Protect

Replication of NAS data is much more complex than simply copying raw blocks of data. The remote site must do much more than hosting a copy of the data, it must also contain a mirror of the filesystem structure, the shares and exports required for end-user and application access, and all network file system (NFS) and/or Server Message Block (SMB) permissions that control file access. In the event of data loss, multiple off-site copies of data-critical tools are needed to maintain data availability and recoverability.

Why You Need Third (or Fourth) Copies of NAS Data

If you only have a single replication solution, then any issue affecting a single technology source affects all implementations of it. Implementing a separate technology for a tertiary copy offers immunity to the issues affecting the primary replication solution.

What Are Your NAS Data Replication Options?

Typically, organizations replicate their production data to an off-site disaster recovery (DR) site. For NAS storage platforms, this has historically been limited to vendor-specific, in-family replication and proprietary archiving solutions. Going that route can be risky and inflexible, because in-family replication solutions only work with corresponding hardware platforms. Replication of sensitive data, such as local IP addresses of the production system, can be exposed when transmitted across a WAN to a remote site.

As a platform-independent option, DobiReplicate eliminates that risk for organizations with heterogeneous environments and other situations where in-family solutions are not ideal.

Your Business Depends on It

With the explosion of unstructured data, the risk to the business multiplies. Implementing a reliable data protection strategy is no longer optional. Let’s look at a few ways that additional copies of NAS data can be beneficial.

  • Tertiary copy: This copy of data serves as both a copy from which data can be restored, or in many cases, can act as a backup system in case of a temporary data disruption at the primary and DR sites.
  • Remote office: Maintaining a copy of data for local use at a remote office eliminates network traffic and improves response time. Remote copies of data can be updated on a schedule offering read-only access.
  • Multi-hop and air-gapped strategies: Multi-hop offers additional redundancy options for your most critical data, while air gaps improve data protection by limiting outside access to only the time needed to bring a tertiary copy up to date.

What Differentiates DobiReplicate

Speed, accuracy, and simplicity. These three words perfectly summarize how DobiReplicate addresses the issues around creating and managing additional copies of NAS data. Uniquely designed to offer a level of flexibility that was previously unavailable, DobiReplicate takes on the complexity of NAS data copy tasks and provides an end-to-end, automated, heterogeneous, multiprotocol solution.

Unlike all other NAS replication solutions, DobiReplicate is specifically architected to safely, accurately, and easily replicate the data between disparate platforms – any NAS, any cloud – as long as the platform supports the NFS and/or SMB protocols.

Creating copies of your data should be simple, fast, cost effective, and reliable. With DobiReplicate, it is.

For a more in-depth look at addressing the challenges of NAS data protection, read our white paper “DobiReplicate: Introducing Tertiary Data Copies in Native and Heterogeneous NAS Environments.”

Learn more about DobiReplicate.