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Reimagine the traditional 3-2-1 backup strategy

Johannesburg, 28 Jun 2023

Businesses of every size need a plan for continuous data protection to eliminate silos, control data and protect against IT threats and cyber attacks. Organisations can manage their cyber risk and bolster data protection by setting up a backup and data management strategy. 

A commonly referenced data protection strategy is the 3-2-1 backup rule. It is generally believed that Peter Krogh originally described the current principles of resiliency through data storage redundancy in his 2009 book, "Digital Asset Management for Photographers". To secure their digital assets, a photographer was recommended to have three backups, saved to two different pieces of media, with one stored off-site. This was adapted across IT management and improved with other variants, such as 3-2-1-1 and 4-3-2.

While this mnemonic simplifies the backup strategy, it was created more than a decade ago. The IT industry has accelerated past this simple, linear strategy and simply does not cut it when it comes to business resiliency. 

For complete business resiliency in today's complex IT landscape, you must go beyond backup and ensure comprehensive coverage with automated policies. A proactive data management approach allows you to gain visibility into your data, storage, and backup infrastructure, so you can take control of data-related risks and strategise for complete business resiliency. To do this, you need an enterprise data resiliency cycle, which is broken into six fundamentals. 

To find out more about these six fundamentals that will help modernise your enterprise data management strategy, download this insightful whitepaper below.