Data Management Is Undeniably the Future of Data Protection

ESG has historically referred to "data protection" as a spectrum of activities that include backup, snapshots, and replication, as shown here:

Topics: Backup Data Management Archiving Copy Data Management

Wrap-Up on Backup from Veritas Vision 2017

It would be easy to assume that because the Veritas name has been around for more than 20 years, its products are all legacy and no longer suitable to modern data centers or IT scenarios; you would be wrong. Veritas is “back” after its divestiture from Symantecwith a laser focus on data management that very effectively narrates a comprehensive portfolio to its customers and partners.

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Midyear Check-in on Data Protection Initiatives in 2017 (Animated Infographic)

At the halfway point in 2017, it seems appropriate to revisit the continued momentum around investing in better, more agile, more reliable, likely cloud-enhanced data protection. Early each year, ESG publishes its IT Spending Intentions report, where we look at where organizations are intending to invest their budgets. 

In each of the six years that I have been at ESG, “Data Protection” in one or more forms is among the top of one or more priority lists. 

Topics: Backup Data Protection BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery)

Y Evolve Your Data Protection Strategy in 2017 (Video)

Today’s message is brought to you by the letter “Y” and the numbers “1” and “7.”

Most data protection conversations are evolving from “backup” to “recovery” – and to do that, you need to evolve from simply using backup mechanisms to a combination of backups, snapshots, and replicas. And some vendors are there (YAY)!

But then, many vendors, and providers, and partners, and IT teams get stuck at a crossroads – where their data protection strategy must further evolve down one of two paths, with very few vendors able to offer journeys down both long and winding roads: Data Management & Data Availability.

Here is a short video on Y and how your data protection technologies must evolve.

Topics: Backup Data Protection Data Management BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery) High Availability Copy Data Management

2017 Data Protection Predictions (Video)

We’re already into 2017, so here are three topics that really ought to be reconsidered and/or focused on in order to ensure that as you modernize production, your protection strategies are up to the tasks at hand:

Cloud – While many organizations continue to investigate where cloud will fit within their data protection strategy, it is NOT inevitable that all things go cloudy. In addition, there isn’t one kind of cloud service that applies to data protection, nor is there a defacto scenario that universally screams “use the cloud, dangit!” (other than endpoints).

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Wrap-Up on Backup from Microsoft Ignite (with Video)

As ESG often tries to do, here is a short summary video of ESG’s impressions from a major industry event – Microsoft Ignite, held in Atlanta over September 26-29, 2016 – from a backup perspective.

In the video, I suggested that Microsoft is a leader in Windows data protection. Certainly, this is not to disparage the many Microsoft partners that have built whole companies and product lines around data protection. And from a revenue perspective, their backup offerings wouldn’t register at all.  But …

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Why you still need backup … and beyond

The foundation of any data protection, preservation, and availability strategy is grounded in “backup,” period. Yes, a majority of organizations supplement backups with snapshots, or replicas, or archives, as shown in what ESG refers to as the Data Protection Spectrum:

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The 5 Cs of data protection

Data management — not data protection — is the future.

We are already seeing the shift in many organizations where there are fewer dedicated ‘backup administrators’ and more diversified workload/platform owners (DBAs, vAdmins, File/Storage admins, IT operations, etc.) defining backup jobs or invoking restores, coupled with infrastructure that truly has data protection “built in.”

With so much revolution (not just evolution) happening in data protection, it is easy to imagine a future where folks care less about which repositories or data protection methods (backups, snapshots, replicas) are in use – and more about:

  1. How many copies do I need?
  2. How long do I need which versions?
  3. Where do they need to be to satisfy my SLAs?
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Your Data Is a Strategic Asset – Treat It That Way!

Improving data backup and recovery was the second most commonly cited IT priority for 2015 among respondents surveyed by ESG for its 2015 IT spending intentions report (see Figure 1).

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What’s New in Data Protection from EMC World 2015 – and Why It Matters

Today, at EMC World 2015, EMC announced a significant number of new offerings and updates; starting from their core technologies (storage) and then quite literally wrapping it with a layer of “Data Protection Everywhere.

With that in mind, here are the Data Protection announcements (click here for EMC press release), with the first being that the Data Domain family of deduplicated “Protection Storage” platforms continues to get both bigger/faster and smaller.

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