Every fresh year comes with its own sets of challenges. Well, these challenges do not always present themselves in the naked flame. Take technology, for example, it changes and becomes better every day. Developers, programmers and other tech-savvy guys work around the clock to ensure that the users get nothing less than the best experience with these technologies.

It is important also to note that the bad guys are also on the lookout to trying to find weak links for them to execute their malicious plans. Technology has a direct impact on data. Data is valuable, and no organisation would risk losing it. To ensure that your data management plan is practical and invincible, you need always to be a step ahead. This includes incorporating the latest data backup tends in your data management strategies.

The year is still fresh, and the following data backup trends will go a long way in ensuring a seamless data management strategy.

1. Multi-cloud storage

Well, you need to note that not all cloud service providers will be able to meet all your needs. You might, therefore, be required to seek an extra hand to have all your business data needs taken care of. Also, it is always advisable to eliminate a single point of failure. This applies in cloud backup too. Having your data distributed across several cloud platforms further reinforces its security.

There are different types of cloud computing. That includes Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). They all have different benefits and are there to serve various functions for efficiency in data storage.

2. Automation

You need to ditch the manual data backup processes if you are still stuck with them. If you look around, you will find that no one is wasting precious time, waiting for a backup to complete before they move to a different task. You can now merely schedule a MySQL backup and leave to do other productive things at the office.

That is not the only perk of automating your backup. Note that most are the times that essential files are left out due to human error. Most of these errors and interruptions go unnoticed. The beauty of automated backup is that you will always get feedback on the success of the process, or alerts when there has been an interruption.

What else will automation of data backup do for your organisation? You will be able to save on costs that you would have incurred in hiring an IT team to conduct the backups and also on training: automated backup does not require any prior skills.

3. 3-2-1 data backup approach

Have you ever come across the term 3-2-1? Well, if not, it is very unfortunate. This is because you are missing out on something that will give you a 100 percent guarantee that your data will be safe even when disaster strikes. For those who do not know, a 3-2-1 data backup approach encourages having three copies of data. Two copies of the data should be stored in two different mediums to be stored on-site, while the remaining copy gets stored off-site.

The catch is that for instance if one of the storage mediums get caught up in a fire, you will still have the off-site copy there to save the day. The 3-2-1 approach ensures that at no point does the organisation remain stranded after an attack or disaster.

4. Artificial intelligence in data storage

Artificial intelligence has made a significant contribution to the success of data backup. Organisations are using this to save on costs, control access of data and even organise the databases. Machine learning has also made the management of storage more efficient. Managers are now able to identify the storage space available, what is eating up their storage and what should be given priority when it comes to the storage of data.

5. Flash

Flash is gaining popularity, especially with declining prices. While it may not be the best option for a large database. However, that does not mean that there is nowhere else that flash can outperform the rest. Flash backups are widely being used for data that is rapidly changing. Also if you have a simultaneous backup to handle, flash should be the ideal pick. With flash, your organisation will not have to invest in more devices to protect the organisation’s data.

6. Software-defined storage

The other trend worth watching out for is software-defined storage. What contribution does it make to data backup? It offers flexibility by bridging the gap that exists between your current storage needs and the traditional infrastructure in your organisation. Keeping up with the current trends in data management, more so back up is vital. The emerging trends look to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in data backup.

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Prince Pal

UI UX Consultant Helping Digital Startups & Stakeholders Grow Their Business at Think 360 Studio
For 15+ years I have designed, developed and marketed websites/apps startups in New York, California, Florida and in India. Always focused on great User Interface is key.

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