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5 Steps to Develop Your Cloud Data Management Strategy

5 Steps to Develop Your Cloud Data Management Strategy

Hello! My name is Josh.

Data is more vital than ever to create a winning digital transformation strategy. It is crucial that businesses rely on the cloud as a key disaster recovery or backup storage option. Without a solid cloud data management strategy, a business could suffer greatly.

Let’s look at five ways your organization can develop an effective strategy for cloud data management and the questions you should pose to your company’s IT team.

STEP ONE covers how your overall data recovery service level agreements or SLAs are rated.

It’s important to be consistent with data recovery and backup SLAs whether cloud storage is in place or data is stored on premises.

Look at your current environment. Are the SLAs achievable using the existing data recovery process? When was the last time your data recovery strategy was tested?

STEP TWO is to get a clear picture of data security and governance.

One of the primary concerns for businesses considering cloud deployment are challenges with security such as data breaches. Interestingly, it is often human error that threatens cloud security risks.

Ask your IT team if centralized authentication and encryption key management is used to secure data across workloads and the cloud?

STEP THREE looks at gaining data management control.

Look at your plans for cloud deployment and ask these questions. Can structure and unstructured data be searched across all locations? Has a single data index been deployed by IT? If so, who has access to it? Who is the owner?

STEP FOUR requires that you fully realize the cost benefits of the cloud.

The reality of cost can be concerning, so it’s important to consider cost savings operations such as:

  • Optimizing for location, price, and the automatic movement of data between cloud storage tiers.
  • Creating a reduction in infrastructure needs as well as reducing data loss via cloud data management.

STEP FIVE involves employing freedom and flexibility.

Enabling flexibility is one of the most strategic benefits of the cloud. So, it’s important that your cloud data management strategy can move workloads as the business dictates.

I hope that you found these steps help to improve your cloud data management strategy.

If you want to know more about best practices for cloud data management strategy, click the link below for more information.


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