With 2018 in full motion, I wanted to add my 2018 predictions for my new coverage area, Data Protection. I've posted a video with my predictions below but here are the key points that I talk about in the video.
- There continues to be a movement of Data Protection features into other IT operations areas. We are seeing Data Protection included as part of many Systems Management solutions, showing how backing up, protecting, and restoring data should be part of a larger systems management experience. We are also seeing the shift from Data Protection to Data Management, as vendors recognize the value in understanding and helping manage the data they are protection.
- Data Protection is playing a greater and greater role in security, as malware attacks force companies to need to restore from their data backups to recover from attacks, all while malware and ransonware tools have been starting to attack backups and network shares to further wreak havoc.
- While the Data Protection market continues to evolve, the core functions of backup and recover continue to be incredibly important. In ESG's 2018 IT Spending Intentions survey, greater use of server virtualization and improved backup and recovery were the #1 and #2 most-cited IT spending priorities for data center modernization.
- Finally, 2018 will be the year we see the full impact of GDPR, not just for European companies but for any company that does business in Europe. With the need to comply with this regulation, the ability to understand, locate, and delete data will be critical and much of the execution will impact Data Protection, changing how companies manage their data.
Finally, don't forget to read and watch my 2018 predictions blog and video on Systems Management for further insights into what will emerge in IT in 2018.