Analyst Christophe Bertrand discusses some of the findings of ESG's latest data protection landscape research.
Read the related ESG Blog: Data Protection Landscape 2018 - Major Disrupting Trends
Hello. My name is Christophe Bertrand and I'm a senior analyst at ESG focused on data protection. We recently conducted our 2018 Data Protection Landscape Survey and uncovered some very interesting trends. In this series of video blogs, we will cover several facets of the everchanging landscape of data protection.
Today, I would like to spend a few minutes to discuss the future, or more precisely, what organizations see as the major trends disrupting data protection in the next three years. First, cloud continues to be the most disruptive trend for organizations/ data protection strategy. And this would come as no surprise, since we have seen in the past few years that many workloads have moved to the cloud. This is a topic that we will cover further in one of our videos.
Secondly, artificial intelligence or AI and machine learning, ML, are becoming top of mind for may organizations in the context of data protection. What this means is that organizations expect to see new capabilities that leverage AI and ML supplementing turn capabilities. Autonomous backup comes to mind, for example, or the ability to make better decisions on recovery point objectives, RPO, and recovery time objectives, RTO, or just full-on recommendations from the system. In our opinion, AI and ML, as applied to data protection, will be critical for vendors to embrace and for end users to leverage.
Ransomware is our third disruptor, and not a new one, as we all unfortunately know. The epidemic is not going away and it will be key for end users to keep a close eye on their cybersecurity efforts and investments. As vendors continue to provide better protection of the backup workloads, this is what I call protecting the protector, it will be very important for them to include cybersecurity-inspired capabilities. This trend has already started and we expect to see more. By the way, leveraging AI and ML to fight cybercrime in the context of data protection is a path some vendors have already started to take.
Additional disruptions will come from the continuing growth of IoT and the emergence and further deployments of new platforms, such as containers or modern database environments, like NoSQL, Hadoop, etc. If you'd like to learn more, you can download the full report at ESG's website. Thank you for your time.