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Asigra 2013 Predictions: Backup Becomes an Attribute of Computing

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Contributed article by Tracy Staniland, vice president of corporate marketing, Asigra

2013: Backup Becomes an Attribute of Computing

Data is being stored on more devices, applications and platforms than ever before. Organizations tasked with protecting this data have relied on a cocktail of backup applications to protect mobile devices, cloud application data, virtual environments, on-premise block and file data and more. But the explosion of data, driven in part by the consumerization of IT and social media has increased the complexity of protecting this information by an order of magnitude. The situation is only getting worse as data volumes continue to grow and compliance requirements continue to rise.  According to Gartner, today's geographically dispersed and increasingly mobile workforce expects to access content from anywhere, at any time, in the context of a business process.

To address this trend, IT professionals seek the consolidation and optimization of IT operations. Part of this process includes the consolidation of redundant IT operations such as backup. With the number of operating systems such as Windows, Mac, Linux and VMware combined with the variety of backup targets that include laptops, mobile devices, servers and storage, as well as cloud based applications and platforms, an enterprise will typically have at least three separate backup solutions under their management. Consolidating backup operations under one control hub can easily bring back several man hours per day. With the demand for a more consolidated backup infrastructure, it is anticipated that the following five predictions will materialize in 2013: 

  1. Backup will continue its evolution and increasingly become an attribute of computing, allowing business application managers to auto-recover data that is lost due to human error, system failures or natural disasters. As part of this trend, disparate applications will require a unifying backup infrastructure that centralizes the backup vault and provides for both local and remote recovery.

  2. Cloud and mobile apps will join on-premise applications in receiving enterprise-class data recovery priority as more business information is generated and stored in these applications.  Servers and storage repositories holding volumes of high-value data will be incorporated into the backup infrastructure of organizations. Storage volumes will also be impacted by Big Data, which Gartner predicts will drive $ 34 Billion of IT spending in 2013. Enhancements in the way this information is optimized and stored in order to reduce storage requirements will continue.

  3. Because of the significant gains in efficiency, data accessibility, affordability and the ability to provide end-to-end data recoverability, cloud backup will continue to take marketshare from on-premise backup applications, especially tape-based solutions.

  4. Users will have more options than ever before when it comes to aligning backup costs with business requirements for data availability. More enterprises will turn to solutions that allow IT professionals to prioritize and assign mission critical data for near-instant recoverability while retaining, yet de-prioritizing, less critical data on recovery platforms that are matched to recover data based on its business value.

As business data becomes more mobile, requiring organizations to respond in a way that protects the integrity and ability to recover this data when needed, developers are working on the next generation of backup technologies that will simplify what is becoming an enormously complex and distributed IT environment for many companies. According to Gartner, by 2015 more than 60% of enterprises will have suffered material loss of sensitive corporate data via mobile devices. Without flexible backup solutions that have elastic qualities, allowing them to adapt, expand and contract as businesses grow or retract under these conditions, organizations are at risk of losing precious data assets. Fortunately, innovators in the backup space remain on the front lines of this dynamic area of IT and those with foresight are moving to make backup an attribute of the evolving computing landscape.

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About the Author

Tracy Staniland is the vice president of corporate marketing for Asigra, a cloud computing software vendor focused on backup and recovery that transforms the way businesses manage and protect their data.
Published Thursday, December 06, 2012 6:40 AM by David Marshall
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