To avoid getting lost in a sea of technological jargon right off the bat, let’s try to understand data vault services by comparing it to something many of us know — personal property protection. In this scenario, let’s say the so-called data is now an important item, such as an expensive jewel or irreplaceable document. You’d want to keep these types of things in the safest spot possible, which in many cases would mean a safety deposit box. A safety deposit box for irreplaceable items can be compared to a Data Vault for data, as the safety deposit box (and data vault) are private, secure and only accessible to the creator. Now that we have a better overall understanding, let’s dive in a little deeper.
What is The Data Vault?
Originally conceived by Dan Linstedt in 1990, the Data Vault can be defined as:
“The Data Vault is a detail oriented, historical tracking and uniquely linked set of normalized tables that support one or more functional areas of business. It is a hybrid approach encompassing the best of breed between 3rd normal form (3NF) and star schema. The design is flexible, scalable, consistent and adaptable to the needs of the enterprise. It is a data model that is architected specifically to meet the needs of today’s enterprise data warehouses.”
Why You Need Data Vault Services
A Data Vault is a flexible, scalable, and cost-effective way to help your business grow and change. Data Vaults quickly allow changes to data models (often the result of business changes) without the frustrations of “long IT lists of change impacts, and large cost outlays.” In the end, your company is able to increase flexibility and productivity, adapt quickly, model itself accurately, and scale to its unique needs.
What’s more, data vault services help protect your business’s data. Integracon’s data vault services aid your business in recovering data in the event of server failures, natural disasters, or other incidents that cause your company’s indispensable data and files to be lost. Other conventional backup methods can often take several days, or even weeks, to recover lost data, but Integracon’s data vault services accomplish the task of restoring your data to a new hardware platform or virtual server environment within a matter of hours. Don’t let your business become a part of the 51 % of small and midsize businesses who experience catastrophic data loss and never recover.
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Key Benefits of Data Vault Services through Integracon
1. Flexibility + Flexible Backup Designs
Without going into too many details, Data Vaults are an ideal way to implement rapid change on a massive scale, without creating any downstream effects. Data modeling is more flexible (which means new additions to the data model can be made without changing existing structures or load routines), and data integration across functions and source systems become easier.
A real-world example of this flexible scalability within massive change would be the successful merging of three companies’ complete data and systems without any data or history loss. When it comes to backup and recovery services, the flexibility inherent to a Data Vault means that backup files, directories, or entire disks and can be scheduled to run in near real-time, ultimately allowing you to customize your backup solution to meet varying server recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO).
2. Scalability + Scalable Backup Solutions
The scalable architecture of a Data Vault helps make increasing performance demands effortless — whether that’s in data retention or team size — so that your company can continue to grow. When it comes to the storage and protection of your data, data vault services mean you’re no longer constrained by tape hardware performance (which you really shouldn’t be using anymore) or storage limitations.
Isaac Newton once stated, “Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.” Through the use of data vault services, businesses can increase productivity by simply decreasing the complexity of ETL loading routines, real-time ingestion of data, data modeling for the EDW, enhancing and adapting for Change to the Model, and monitoring, managing, and optimizing processes. Key productivity features also include standardized modeling rules, accessibility by power-users, and the holding of granular historical relationships, which means all history for all time is held, and any source system feeds can be remodeled, on-demand, to create easy audit trails for data lineage and compliance, new relationships between elements via data mining, and the emergence of patterns of change.
Dig Deeper: Why Data Vault? Slideshare by Kent Graziano.
Other Benefits of IT Data Vault Services
With Integracon’s data vault services, you’ll also receive the following data recovery protection:
- Fully managed backups through Integracon (freeing your own IT team to focus on other areas of business).
- Web-based access to verify data backups, data replication, and completions.
- Web-based access to manually initiate file and folder restores, virtual machine creation, and to test your backup and recovery system.
- Automatic off-site data replicas and backups.
- State-of-the-art, secure data center storage to ensure your data is always available, whenever you need it.
- Data encryption to ensure your data is transmitted securely.
- All-inclusive backup service packages and prices to ensure you know exactly what to expect each month.
Keep Your Company’s Data Safe
Keeping the most vital aspects of your company in a safe, secure place, while also boosting flexibility, scalability, and productivity can be described as the ultimate data protection package deal. Save your company from falling into that 51% by trusting Integracon to manage the data vault services your company needs.