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Quest Software: Decrease in Backup Solutions, Increase in Protection of Services - Five 2013 Predictions

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Contributed article by Bob Maeser, CTO & VP R&D, data protection, Quest Software (now part of Dell)

Decrease in Backup Solutions, Increase in Protection of Services: Five 2013 Predictions

Virtually every major trend impacting IT today is making backup and recovery more challenging and more complex-from rampant data growth and increase in the importance of data to widespread adoption of server virtualization, the trend toward cloud computing, and the boom in remote offices. As a result, a growing number of organizations, from the small business to the Fortune 500 enterprise, are prioritizing the need for simplicity, serviceability and reliability from their data protection solutions. Below are five predictions I expect to see in the coming year.

1.       Organizations will revert back to single, multi-purpose backup solutions ... with a twist  

As virtualization became common throughout the data center, IT began augmenting physical backup solutions with VM-only backup solutions. Organizations were willing to sacrifice the simplicity of a single solution to ensure they had protection for their VMs in addition to on-premise data. Ironically, the continued proliferation of virtualization will now drive customers back the other way, toward the convenience of a single-source backup and recovery platform. However, even if most companies pass the tipping point whereby a greater percentage of their data center is virtual than physical, certain applications and servers will never be virtualized, and the need for legacy physical backup capabilities will remain in place. Realizing this, organizations will once again seek the simplicity of a single backup solution that can protect both physical and virtual servers. Only this time, they will do so with a virtual-first lens, looking first at a product's proficiency in protection of virtual environments.

2.       Protection of services will be prioritized over protecting infrastructure  

Backup and recovery today tends to focus on one-off protection of disparate servers and storage systems. But with virtualization and cloud permeating the data center, there's a never-before-seen level of fluidity. Organizational tolerance for business and IT service downtime is now non-existent, and storing data copies with no eye on recovery will not suffice. Backup operations will need to adapt to become more closely associated with the need for business and technology service continuity, rather than merely focusing on protecting specific infrastructure components. To facilitate this, global data protection management will become more centralized in order to more closely align with an organization's service level expectations and corresponding service level agreements (SLAs) for protecting a given application and/or business service.

3.       Protecting the remote office will become a top priority

As enterprises spread across the globe and virtual offices become the norm rather than the exception, more and more critical company data will be created outside of corporate headquarters at remote and branch office (ROBO) locations. As a result, organizations will no longer be able to afford to treat the protection of ROBOs as an afterthought. Disparate strategies for protecting these locations will converge as organizations seek to unify the protection of key data and applications regardless of where they reside geographically.

4.       Use of point products to protect critical applications will decrease  

Companies have traditionally relied on a variety of point products to protect critical applications, largely because of the perceived ability of those tools to deliver more reliable backups and more granular restores. But spurred by a renewed desire to reduce multi-product complexity, provide integrated and consistent protection for all application components and simplify the overall management of data protection, organizations will move away from application-specific backup solutions. Not simply willing to sacrifice the powerful capabilities those points solutions offered, however, organizations will instead seek (and demand) those application friendly features from their enterprise backup solution.

5.       Adoption of purpose-built backup appliances will continue to rise

The purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market has seen tremendous growth in recent years, as organizations look to appliances in order to optimize their data protection initiatives. Driven by organizations' ongoing need to shrink backup windows, decrease restore and recovery times, and enable integration across data protection applications, this growth will remain strong in 2013 as the adoption of PBBAs continues to rise.


About the Author

Bob Maeser, CTO and VP of R&D, data protection, Quest Software (now part of Dell)

Bob Maeser is chief technology officer and vice president of research and development for data protection at Quest Software (now part of Dell), where his team is responsible for defining and developing market-leading backup and recovery solutions that span physical, virtual, application and cloud environments. An R&D veteran with more than 29 years of industry experience, Maeser's experience includes executive leadership positions with cloud and MSP companies, and technical leadership roles with Microsoft, HP, and NCR R&D. He received his Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and holds a Master's degree in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. Maeser is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)², and holds multiple IT Service Management Forum (ITSMF) Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certifications.

Published Monday, December 17, 2012 8:01 AM by David Marshall
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