Cloud threatens to cause data recovery headaches

Kroll Ontrack has warned that storing information in the cloud might cause challenges when it comes time to recovery that data

The increasing popularity of pushing data into the cloud has the potential to cause headaches for those customers that need to recover information quickly as they might struggle to locate what they need.

With an increasing number of customers looking to push out some of the secondary data that might have once resided on site being backed up to their own tape libraries to the cloud the confidence is rising that could lead some to try hosting production data in the cloud.

But that scenario could provide headaches for administrators having to carry out a data recovery procedure because it might not be clear if the information was onsite or being hosted elsewhere.

One source said that currently most customers were using cloud as a chance to make a copy of production data and if they were running live activities it was mainly for testing and development, but that could change in the future.

Kroll Ontrack has highlighted the cloud issue as one of handful of potential challenges facing those charged with data recovery with the lack of a universal SSD wiping standard and the expansion of BYOD as some of the other factors that could set alarms ringing.

"As storage drives continue to grow in size and intricacy so does the risk associated with storing data. We predict that SSD and HDD drives will increase in popularity in 2014, but the complexity of how they store data will also compromise people’s ability to erase data or recover it when things go wrong," said Paul Le Messurier, data recovery operations manager at Kroll Ontrack UK.  

"We predict a subsequent rise in demand for our services next year to support these users. Another trend will be a rise in recoveries for online cloud and on smartphones - particularly in workplaces adopting BYOD and CYOD policies," he added.

“Businesses should ensure they have an adequate back up plan in place in 2014 to cope with the inevitable problems that will impact data security. Establishing a relationship with a data recovery expert should also be a priority for administrators that lack the knowledge and expertise to support the challenges of new innovations," he advised.

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