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Data centre challenges: Data compliance rules are interfering with my big data ambitions

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Kevin Leahy | General Manager – Group Data Centre Business Unit | Dimension Data

Kevin Leahy | General Manager – Group Data Centre Business Unit | Dimension Data

We recently challenged our data centre professionals to come up with their top five data centre-related pain points − based on their experiences and conversations with clients −and provide some practical advice for overcoming them. In this series of blogs, Kevin Leahy, Dimension Data’s Group General Manager for Data Centres and Frank Casey, Dimension Data’s Group Director, Managed Service for Data Centres share some of the pain points at the top of their lists:

#Datacentrechallenges:  Data compliance rules are interfering with my big data ambitions.

Increasingly, you need to turn data into a strategic tool. To do so, you need to gather it from various sources, analyse it, and move it both geographically and between different types of storage, depending on its criticality and usefulness at specific points in time. Unfortunately, most organisations’ existing processes weren’t designed with this in mind. They were created to deal with traditional databases, not large volumes of different information originating from various sources. The challenge for today’s businesses is to find ways to extract value from their data, without compromising compliance regulations relating to where and how different types of data may be stored … or letting costs spiral out of control.

Policy-based automation is a critical element in striking a balance between big data and compliance. That’s because anything that involves manual, human intervention, is ultimately going to result in a breach in compliance – at some point people will make mistakes. But how do you achieve this, given all the new sources of data you need to manage?

One option is to offload operational compliance to a provider that’s proficient at managing such activities at scale, and across industries and geographies. This approach is particularly effective for disaster recovery and business continuity. By engaging a provider to deliver disaster recovery services, you eliminate the need to build and manage your own secondary facility. In addition, providers’ data centres will typically be far more reliable and automated than those you build and operate yourself.

Learn about Managed Services for Data Centres and how you can overcome this #datacentrechallenge

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