Data Center Enhancements Inc.

 
September 24, 2020  

Experts-on-Demand

Sometimes incisive technical insight can be exactly what's needed to solve complex IT Architecture problems or get a struggling project back on track. Bringing in an experienced Subject Matter Expert can make all the difference in the world! Our company provides Senior IT Consultants on an on-demand basis. We ensure top technical skills, advanced industry knowledge, and depth-and-breadth of experience are available when you need it, without draining your IT budget!

Storage Infrastructure Stabilization

Your Production data storage equipment may be functional, but is it stable? All IT equipment tends to suffer "creeping disorganization" over time. Passwords aren't updated, obsolete data is not removed., I/O paths become unbalanced, naming conventions overlooked, security patches not installed, etc. Our Storage Infrastructure Stabilization Assessment goes back-to-basics and ensures all configuration and features have been properly implemented and are operating at maximum efficiency.

SAN/NAS Capacity Assessment

Data Center Enhancements Inc. offers a comprehensive analysis program for evaluating storage, capturing key growth and performance metrics, analyzing data, and presenting the results in a coherent and professional document. This review usually entails a detailed examination of all storage components, design configuration, performance, power consumption, policies and procedures, physical resource consumption, support costs, skills requirements, and other aspects of the infrastructure.

Data Center Assessment

Data Center Enhancements provides a thorough, in-depth review of all aspects of a data center including but not limited to: underutilized servers/storage, power consumption, cooling, floor space, rack space, useful lifespan of equipment, regulatory compliance, security, and other aspects of the production environment, to name a few. The issues we identify help reduce IT expenses and improve operational efficiency. We provide industry-leading senior consultants to perform all of our assessments. Our consultants provide a complete review of the IT operating environment with technical, performance, and financial considerations in mind, and deliver consolidation and virtualization recommendations to reduce total cost of ownership.

Disaster Recovery Readiness Assessment

Organization, preparation, regular testing, and frequent updates to include any changes are the keys to DR planning success. Due to the unpredictability a disaster event can bring your company, a DCEI Disaster Recovery Readiness Assessment will help ensure you are ready. Our Disaster Recovery Readiness Assessment is designed to identify areas where critical business processes need protection, and recommend alternative approaches that allow your company to meet both Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs). It will outline steps necessary to ensure business resiliency in the event of a local or regional catastrophe.

Backup & Recovery Systems Modernization

Backup & Recovery Systems ModernizationSystem backups are not about data protection; they’re entirely about rapid content restoration.  While backups may also be used for long-term data archiving or as part of a disaster recovery plan, their primary role is to facilitate the quick recovery of damaged files and lost content.  If the backup does not complete on time, or is unable to capture recoverable data, the entire process has failed.

Legacy backup & recovery systems have been negatively impacted by the extreme growth of primary storage.  Systems are also struggling to keep up with emerging technologies and changing requirements, such as virtualization, data encryption, deduplication, Cloud systems, and many other approaches.  The net result is that many backup & recovery systems are stretched to the limits of their technology and beyond.  When this process or equipment fail, critical data may be exposed to the dangers of loss or corruption.

Challenges:

IT backup systems are in an unenviable position of having to constantly chase the expanding capacity of storage systems they protect.  Unlike their highly visible front-line counterparts they sit quietly in the background, dutifully creating recoverable copies of data that are not utilized until a data loss crisis occurs.  Then when a crisis finally occurs, the backup & recovery system is expected to emerge from obscurity, flawlessly restore the desired content, and ultimately save the day. 

Unfortunately these systems may be unable to live up to business expectations because:

  • Disk storage has exceeded the capacity of the existing backup & recovery system
  • The backup & recover system failed to keep up with changing technologies
  • They have not been updated or configured to properly address virtualization requirements
  • Poor or non-existent testing practices fail to ensure captured data Integrity
  • Failures in updating the backup process have left gaps in coverage
  • Poor tape management practices make restoration difficult or impossible

In spite of its critical role in data protection and content accessibility, the backup & recovery function is usually treated like a “second class citizen”. It enjoys little attention from management until a critical situation occurs. When that happens, critical data can be lost and productivity impacted.

Our Solution:

We view backup & recovery as a critical data availability component.  We have IT specialists who can evaluate the legacy backup structure and determine how to gracefully transform it into a flexible, scalable, and efficiently performing system.  We focus on:

  • Identifying and satisfying business data recovery needs
  • Ensuring current backup & restore performance objectives can be achieved
  • Incorporate scalability and flexibility into the design to exceed future growth requirements
  • Validate the Integrity of data recovered during the restore process
  • Recommending scheduling procedures that can meet needs without wasting resources
  • Evaluating popular and emerging technologies to modernize legacy backup systems

Our goal is to thoroughly understand this critical piece of infrastructure and provide recommendations and methods to allow a graceful from its current state to a modern, efficient high performance system.

Next Steps:

Immediate steps to be taken to identify and rectify deficiencies in the backup & recovery system generally proceed as follows:

  • Inventory – Determine exactly what equipment is currently being used.
  • Performance Assessment – Identify how well the existing system is fulfilling its mission
  • Gap Analysis – Highlight any deficiencies that need to be addressed
  • Alignment – Ensure the approach will fulfill both current needs and future expectations

What we won’t do is recommend throwing quick tactical fixes at the problem, patching obvious deficiencies with quick-and-simple hardware and software solutions.  The changes we recommend will be part of a larger vision that supports an end-to-end flow of IT services and capabilities.

Contact:

If you’re ready to move ahead with a backup and recovery system modernization program but don’t know exactly where to start, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747.  We have several assessment programs that can provide the information necessary to make good decisions.  Please give us 30-minutes to help you bring clarity to this complex process.