Larger organizations should be aware of the fact that backup and recovery will get harder as data volumes grow. This is one of those factors that often seems very obvious in retrospect. It makes sense that larger volumes of data are going to be harder for recovery systems to handle than the smaller volumes of data. It also should make intuitive sense for most people that the more data there is, the more data there is to get potentially corrupted or lost. However, many organizations still do not take this trend into account, or else they do not think about it until it is too late.
Backup and recovery will get harder as data volumes grow, and this should make companies concerned. Having large volumes of data is difficult for a lot of large organizations to avoid during any part of the year, particularly as they approach the end of different quarters of the business year. Businesses are just going to need to find technical solutions to this problem, since they’re not going to be able to compromise on having a large data volume.
Since backup and recovery will get harder as data volumes grow, some organizations will have no choice but to prioritize certain databases and data collections in the event of a disaster. This is not a solution that anyone is going to want, since it means that some parts of any database or some databases are going to be lost in the event of a disaster. Deciding upon which data volumes are the most important and which are technically expendable during the worst of times is particularly frustrating. However, there are limitations with recovery systems and recovery software today, and some organizations are just going to have to decide which databases they can lose, or they’re going to have to risk losing it all.
It is possible to get around this problem to a certain extent by having data backed up in multiple locations across many different servers. However, many businesses and organizations are going to find that this solution has costs of its own. For one thing, they might find that they will have to spend more money on the infrastructure necessary to make this possible.
Depending upon how they go about backing up the data, it may take more manpower to make this solution possible as well. There’s also the fact that backing up a lot of data across many different servers means that accessing the data or recovering the data becomes much more complicated in general. Businesses might have to find more staff members just in order to keep track of the enormous volume of data and all of the complications that it presents.
There really is no easy solution to the fact that backup and recovery will get harder as data volumes grow. Managing a lot of data is very difficult at the best of times and the worst of times. Compromising on different databases is almost as hard. However, as technology improves, the definition of ‘large data volume’ will change as well, which has been the case before this point. The problem will get better eventually.