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BUSINESS: IT Solutions Benefit Companies to Meet Legislation


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As South Africa experiences an evolution in corporate governance, companies addressing the new legislation are encountering numerous business and technology challenges. Martin Kuhlmann, StorVault Country Manager says that the vital role an integrated IT solution plays should not be underestimated.

Kuhlmann says most companies utilise some form of IT and software application(s) to manage a business and in complying with the new legislation, these companies now have the unenviable task of addressing IT governance by protecting electronic data. “Protecting data and making provision for business continuity is critical for any business. New legislation sees government insisting on company directors understanding IT solutions and making provision for the unexpected. It is essential for companies to implement compliant solutions that secures data and ensures that it is immediately recoverable,” says Kuhlmann.

From managing explosive data growth, complying with policies and regulations to protecting multiple systems and sites from small and large disasters, all organisations, no matter their size, require data to be protected and available at all times. “We constantly liaise with organisations that do not place enough focus on their back-up and recovery solutions and underestimate the importance of having a reliable solution,” says Kuhlmann.

Organisations require the highest performing backup and recovery solutions that are easy to administer and can integrate within the complexity of the existing and future IT environment. Tape drives are a strong consideration for data back-up solutions for many companies as they are relatively cheap. However, this form of storage does not cater for immediate data recovery and has the potential to get lost or destroyed when being transported or stored. In addition, there is the risk that the client does not verify the backed up data.

StorVault provides solutions with EVault software that specifically addresses online/off site back-up and recovery of critical data. “We manage the back-up and recovery of data via an online infrastructure which eradicates the need for tape drives, which are generally picked up, transported and stored at an offsite warehouse,” says Kuhlmann. StorVault is strategically aligned with i365, a Seagate Company and has been delivering easy to use data protection since 1997.

Kuhlmann advises that when choosing data protection software, a solution that delivers foolproof, cross-platform data backup and recovery, real-time protection and remote disaster recovery is vital.

“Clients require optimum IT governance solutions that enable them to meet the legislation obligations. We are able to provide them with these solutions while assuring them of data security and immediate recovery, that enables business continuity no matter what,” concludes Kuhlmann.

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