Government 7 Steps to better data quality management

Executive Summary

Well-managed and protected data ensures the safety and effectiveness of business operations while protecting data and critical assets. Veeam® builds data management systems that go beyond simple backup and recovery, enabling government agencies to maximize their data capability through comprehensive, centralized, and efficient data protection and management. Data sharing must be combined with robust cyber resiliency. Adherence to industry compliance with high data quality management is needed to ensure strong data governance.

State and local governments are accountable for properly handling sensitive data. They must always maintain active data protection and recovery. The ability to quickly access data and applications is essential for productivity and communications within government agencies and the people they serve. However, many in the public sector continue to rely on legacy backup and recovery solutions that are unable to deliver the availability that today’s modern services need. Adopting more modern technologies for advanced data management and protection allows SLGs to reimagine citizen service models and keep up with data privacy and security regulations.

Veeam’s modern data protection approach can assist any agency to achieve its compliance objectives while accelerating data quality management and adhering to current and future regulations. The quality and veracity of data is a must to achieve high availability, but Veeam’s solution delivers data portability and cloud mobility through its unique, self-describing data format and data movement capabilities.Data-driven decisions require greater data awareness and tracking. Through the integrated compliance audit reporting offered by Veeam, government agencies can ensure data integrity and drive consistency across all data sets in use, and track for unknown or unexpected alterations, as well as duplications from the original data source. The integrity, security and availability of data are paramount when driving modern business. Veeam ensures secure access to sensitive backup data, as well as the integrity of the backup data itself.

Data is the center of everything Veeam does. Veeam ensures data availability and data integrity but also enables data reuse for data mining, data classification, security analysis, and eDiscovery and forensics. Trust in data is crucial for the ongoing evolution of IT modernization. Data provides the raw basis for analytics, driving AI systems to greater heights and delivering the core decision-making framework that command requires. At Veeam, we strive to ensure trust, availability and the accessibility of data to all who need it. As data is cleansed and operationalized, lifecycle management is necessary so that previous uncleansed information is not reintroduced back into production. Veeam delivers comprehensive backup lifecycle management to ensure that departments can restore pristine datasets as needed, guaranteeing the trust and confidence in the data that is recovered.

These demanding and evolving data availability and data management requirements demand a well-integrated but flexible solution that leverages data portability and cloud mobility to ensure data resiliency, proper governance and compliance, and allows for greater data sharing and data reuse when appropriate. This paper analyzes seven data management strategic objectives and provides tactics and direction on how government agencies can use Veeam to better meet outcomes and benefits faster and more efficiently.

Foreword

The Veeam vision is to be the most trusted provider of backup solutions that deliver modern data protection. With more than a decade of innovation in data protection, over 400,000 customers around the world and a rich ecosystem of partners, Veeam continues to distinguish itself as the dominant industry leader for backup and data protection. Our breadth of capabilities spans from physical infrastructure to virtual to cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) workloads. This position is further supported by industry analysts that place Veeam as a repeated and consistent market leader with unmatched market execution and growth.

Veeam is obsessively focused on successful customer outcomes and ensuring that customer requirements, feedback and partnerships drive the company strategy. While there is longer-term strategy driven from unleashing additional value from data and data mobility, the consistent feedback from our customers is that the most compelling and immediate need is for data availability and accessibility. The first and foremost imperative of our modern data protection platform is to provide data availability. We recognize that there is no more essential imperative than to help our customers and partners maintain business operations and continuity of service. This focuses our company resources on modern data infrastructures and both speed and granularity of recovery.

While Veeam prides itself on our software-driven model and delivering data management across the spectrum of data center and cloud platforms, we have no greater pride than helping our customers achieve their business objectives.

ONE Improve the availability and accessibility of data

Strategic objective one

Improve the availability and accessibility of data

Well-managed and protected data ensures the effectiveness of business operations while protecting customers’ data and critical assets. By providing asynchronous data protection across any platform, even across the globe, systems can be returned to a “known good state” within minutes.

Veeam prides itself on building data management systems that go beyond simple backup and recovery and enables government agencies to maximize their data capability. Users gain a safe, secure and centralized data management that is always available, portable across any system (online, offline or in the cloud) and drives solid compliance practices.

Modern business requires modern data management systems and practices that are flexible, trusted and meet their unique needs. The Veeam Platform improves the availability and accessibility of data through:

Centralized and efficient data protection and management.

As businesses continually modernize their platform, they need assurance that their data is retained and recoverable, regardless of what applications they use. In today’s always on economy, having confidence in your data access and availability is paramount. Veeam provides an intuitive backup solution that leads the market in usability, is fully software-defined and with intelligent application awareness, ensures granular and verified recovery of all critical assets. In many cases, instant recovery can remove potential disruptions within a few minutes with AI-based diagnostics uniquely learning systems to remediate issues faster before they can become detrimental to any operations.

Data portability and sharing

Today, most government agencies are taking significant steps to modernize existing systems, however, many still have extensive mission-critical assets in on-premises data centers, in the cloud and various other global facilities. A hybrid approach, where onpremises and cloud resources function together, will enable many organizations to make the most of existing assets while benefitting from cloud innovation.

Veeam leads the industry in data portability, enabling data to seamlessly move from system to system, platform to platform, without format changes. The ability to collect, store and centralize data for immediate analysis leads to faster response times and greater mission success.

Maximising the reuse of data

The gap between the collection of data and its analysis can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of operations. Too often, data is replicated in a raw format multiple times across the environment. This ultimately leads to management overhead and even opening the surface area for malicious threats and cyberattacks. By decoupling the direct need to replicate raw data and being able to launch systems and services directly from the original production backup, vast efficiencies can be attained, as well as greater control and security of the dataset.

Veeam, through its advanced data management systems, can launch individual workloads and even entire applications from the centralized data backup repository support. These systems can also be used for intelligence gathering and tactical analyses, application development and workload testing — without extra data overhead.

Governance and compliance following recognised industry standards

With Digital Transformation, government agencies can rapidly modernize their systems, taking advantage of modern resources while ensuring the best use of time and budget. This means they can achieve better operation services while driving more robust governance, compliance and accountability.

Veeam is focused on helping businesses attain strong governance and compliance. Through a centralized data protection service such as Veeam, they can assure compliance mandates are adhered to when storing and restoring data, while also using the same data for compliance auditing and reporting.

Support effective cyber defence

Malicious attacks are becoming a tactical tool in modern business and the many enterprise organizations are targets for commercial hackers. Data management systems are uniquely positioned to monitor, protect and, if needed, restore possibly-infected systems and data before sensitive information can be breached.

Veeam strategically targets ransomware and malware threats on many different levels. This includes intelligent monitoring of workloads and data, and looking for inconsistencies. There’s also support for immutable (air-gapped) backups that are 100% protected from malicious attacks and, if needed, rapid recovery of malware-free data through integrated virus scanning upon restoration.

Supporting the mobile business

Frequently, local workers and offices located around the globe don’t have fast, reliable connections back to centralized systems. This can stall data collection, storage and analysis until systems reconnect. Bringing data management to the field is critical to ensuring that data can be readily accessed and acted upon without delay.

Veeam has one of the largest ecosystem support models, ensuring data can be stored, replicated, protected and managed, even if not connected to a centralized system. Our software provides complete architecture flexibility. The same systems that protect the largest data centers can be deployed on endpoints in mobile command centers — providing the same set of data management services on the front line.

Supporting the rapid change in innovation

To meet the needs of modern business, solutions must be flexible by design, enabling the power of seamless services, even in offline situations. Employees need to be able to rely on these systems for intelligence and analysis, no matter where they are located.

Veeam continues to showcase a proven strategy while leading the data management and protection market in R&D. Our backup and data management solutions will continue to evolve alongside customers to better address issues of cost, capability and complexity. Software-defined, hardware-agnostic and cloud-ready solutions give you the choice to run Veeam software however needed.

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