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SimpliVity 2017 Predictions: Data Protection and Disaster Recovery will be Key Areas of Focus in 2017

VMblog Predictions 2017

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Contributed by Adam Sekora, Office of the CTO at SimpliVity

Data Protection and Disaster Recovery will be Key Areas of Focus in 2017

In 2016, many businesses found out the hard way that their data protection and disaster recovery plans were not up to par. From leading banks to large hospitals to major airlines, there are plenty of high-profile examples of extended IT downtime to go around. What caused these outages varied, but the results were the same: lost revenues and damaged reputations. Some organizations may be able to recoup the lost revenues; few will be able to repair their damaged reputations.

With the number of IT outages recorded in 2016, and the increased attention paid to these downtime instances, it's clear that businesses are no longer going to risk damaged reputations moving forward. In 2017, organizations won't just pay more attention to IT operations - they will demand better results for data protection and disaster recovery, particularly at the application level.

Recently, analyst and research firm Enterprise Strategy Group found that there was a significant disconnect between businesses' expected Recovery Time Objectives and what was actually attainable. The study found that while 35% of respondents were expecting recoveries in less than fifteen minutes, only 6% were able to realize this Recovery Time Objective. Instead, 52% of recoveries actually took between one to four hours, and 21% took longer than four hours, even taking more than a full day in some cases. With increased pressure on IT to prove that the chosen data protection solutions can live up to the promised Recovery Time Objectives, IT teams will need to have a revitalized focus on testing and validating solutions in the new year.


Along with more stringent testing, 2017 will also bring an increased focus on simplifying disaster recovery operations to make it more efficient and less prone to user-error. In times of crisis, IT doesn't have the bandwidth to be fidgeting with a complex, disjointed solution. So, in 2017, you will see more and more businesses leaning on automated disaster recovery solutions to ensure that the appropriate workloads and applications are backed up quickly and easily. This emphasis on simplification and efficiency will also lead more businesses to outsource backup and disaster recovery operations to service providers. And this will be especially true at the small- and medium-sized enterprise level as many of these companies have limited budget and/or staff to complete these data protection tasks.

No company wants to be the next one to appear in the news cycle with a story about extended IT downtime. As we move into 2017, all organizations will be looking closely at their data protection and disaster recovery plans to first understand, and then improve, their everyday strategies for managing and safeguarding data before and during a crisis.


About the Author

Adam Sekora leads the Office of the CTO at SimpliVity where he focuses on Technology and Product Strategy. He works with customers, partners and internal team members to continuously enhance SimpliVity's product portfolio. Adam's background is in Virtualization, having previously worked as a Senior VMware Architect and Senior VMware Instructor.

Adam Sekora 

Published Monday, December 19, 2016 7:05 AM by David Marshall
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