ESG's Edwin Yuen provides his thoughts and predictions on Data Protection for 2018.
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Edwin Yuen: Hi. I'm Edwin Yuen, ESG Senior Analyst for Systems Management, Data Protection, DevOps and PaaS. And today I'd like to go over my predictions for data protection in 2018.
The first prediction I have is really about the movement of the data protection business, and a lot of the vendors and products, into functions beyond just what is traditionally known as core data protection. Now, obviously, we're seeing the existing movement of data protection into a larger systems management role, and into systems management software, such as System Center from Microsoft and the vRealize Suite from VMware. But we're also seeing the alignment of data protections functions going up into other areas. A good example is that so many vendors are doing data management, which is having a better understanding of what the data holds. Having metadata, or tags, or functions, associations with applications, understanding what the data is, beyond merely just holding onto the data, and restoring it and backing it up. Another area is that it's going into a security phase, where we're seeing ransomware or other security attacks go beyond just a single event-based system. We're seeing ransomware attack data shares and backups to try to prevent recovery, but the data protection vendors have that information, so they can really help and work with the ransomware prevention groups and the security groups in order to restore the data in very timely fashion.
The other thing we're gonna see in 2018 is the continued importance of data protection. Even as data protection moves into other areas, I don't see it actually going away. Within the ESG IT spending intentions survey this year, what we found was that data protection, data backup, and recovery was the number two data center modernization priority for 2018. And increased server utilization, which often drives a lot of data protection, was number one. So I still see a significant amount of movement and usage of data protection, backup, and recovery, within the space in 2018.
Finally, we're also looking at what the impact of GDPR is on data protection. We're gonna have an implementation at mid-year, but people really need to understand how do they address the information, and how do they help people forget or lose or delete that information so it's not stored? With data protection controlling much of the data that is considered personally identifiable information, how can companies know, what do they have? What do they have stored? How are they gonna delete it? And how is this gonna affect how people retain their data? If they're retaining data for a significant period of time, how does the data protection systems and data protection software out there help those companies understand what they have, and delete what they need, in order to be compliant with these regulations?
All three of these areas are gonna be very important going forward for data protection in 2018. It'll be really exciting to see how it pans out, and what we have in store for 2019.