One of the technology areas that DSA places focus on, is in backup and recovery. It’s a mature and established market, yet at the same time it is undergoing incredible transformation and change.
Server virtualisation in South East Asia is now reaching critical mass. Data centres are increasingly being evolved and built on software defined platforms and both facts are enabling almost every IT department to develop a “cloud first strategy”.
These changes in the very core of the IT infrastructure, have very particular implications for how backup and recovery is done. The majority of established backup and recovery products on the market, were designed and built for an era of static data centres with business-critical applications running on physical servers.
One visionary backup and recovery company saw changes coming and just over a decade ago, bravely came to market with a “virtual server only” backup solution. That company was (and is) Veeam. Their proposition was, use us for virtual, continue to use your existing backup software for your physical servers.
Many industry veterans did not believe that companies would entertain the idea of running two separate backup software products. Those people were wrong and Veeam were proved emphatically correct.
There is a fundamental reason for this. As companies virtualise and cloud enable their IT, backup solutions designed for physical infrastructure don’t function as effectively, they can start to cause problems such as increased management overheads and absolutely critically they do not leverage the virtualised environment.
As IT modernises, it does so to enable business flexibility, scalability and uptime. This supports the demands of business in a data driven world. Backup solutions should not just “cope” with this, they should leverage and contribute to the transformation. Market research company, Enterprise Solutions Group (ESG) published a paper called - What Asia-Pacific IT Organisations Should Consider When Modernising Backup and Recovery. This paper does an excellent job of analysing the details of how backup solutions need to leverage modernisation in the data centre.
As companies modernise their IT, they need to modernise their backup and data protection. That includes being able to recover virtualised applications and guarantee their consistency, keep pace with rapidly evolving and expanding VMs in flexible environments, the ability to get near instant recovery of VMs and seamless integration with public and private clouds.
Products and solutions offered by Veeam meet these demands, precisely because they were designed from the ground up for the era of modern software defined IT.
This article was supported by Veeam.