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Beware the Young Pretenders and Those Past Their Prime - Deciphering the Data Protection Landscape

Over the years, the value of data has grown tremendously. Not only is data being created and stored at a much faster rate than ever before, today’s data-driven businesses expect data to always be available and accessible in the face of growing technical complexities and user demands. Any unscheduled downtime or data loss could result in a major adverse business impact or loss of revenue. Thus, protecting the data and applications that live within the data centre now becomes a critical business imperative.

Legacy backup and recovery approaches are inefficient to say the least. Originally built for on-premise environments and optimised to work with legacy applications, conventional BR (Backup and Recovery) solutions are not designed with the flexibility and adaptability to cope with modern-day data centres that are going through hybrid cloud and software-defined transformations. They are simply ill-equipped to handle the current volume of data that exists and the complexities of today’s IT environments.

In order to cope with the changes, some long-standing legacy data protection vendors have resorted to offering “marketecture” solutions – multiple point products that have been purchased over time, cobbled up and made to look like they are a single solution. But dig under the covers and you’ll find that they are multiple products, each with their own servers, storage, control interfaces and in some cases, their own helpdesk/support structure.

Disjointed point products that do not communicate or integrate well with each other add cost, inefficiency, complexity and risk to your environment. Using separate solutions for archiving, backup and reporting, meanwhile, is not only cumbersome and increases the chances of errors but will inevitably produce data redundancies that lead to excessive demands on your network, storage and management resources.

A similar issue can be seen among many of the up-and-coming data protection companies and start-ups. These “young pretenders” are usually very good at doing one thing but can’t provide a full end-to-end solution and don’t have broad compatibility across the enterprise. They attempt to portray themselves as a platform or one-stop-shop but can’t innovate or develop fast enough to be everything to everybody. They end up augmenting their solutions with partner products, or by purchasing smaller companies, and then the old cycle as described above starts to replay itself.

To meet the challenges of data protection in this era, businesses need to modernise their approach with a fully automated, comprehensive, cost-effective and integrated platform solution regardless of where their data may reside and at any scale. Data protection is not just about backup and recovery, not anymore. Today’s data protection vendors have to include archiving, replication, deduplication, snapshots, eDiscovery, as well as a host of other features as part of their integrated solution.

Commvault is a great example of a vendor that has achieved exactly that. Commvault has built a unified, modern data protection and management platform from the ground up to keep up with an evolving IT landscape. As a testament to the strength of Commvault’s offerings, the company has been named Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Centre Backup and Recovery Solutions for seven consecutive years.

At the end of the day, if you’re looking just for the bare essentials, any data backup and recovery solution will probably do the job for you. But in the modern, fast-paced, data-centric business climate, efficiency is the key to success. Commvault can help you better protect your ever-growing data volumes, seamlessly manage your information assets, and quickly find, recover and access your data – all in a single, efficient step across the entire IT environment.

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