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Commvault 2020 Predictions: Analytics, Abstraction, and AI

VMblog Predictions 2020 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual series exclusive.

By Matt Tyrer, Technology Evangelist, Commvault

Analytics, Abstraction, and AI

The holidays are here and 2020 is fast-approaching. Commvault has had an exciting year with a new CEO joining the company, the announcement of its first-ever acquisition, and the launch of a new SaaS venture, Metallic.  The company plans to build on this momentum next year with additional innovations that enable enterprises to tackle their toughest data challenges and realize new data opportunities. Commvault's Matt Tyrer predicts that Commvault will continue empowering customers to increase abstraction in IT, improve their use of data analytics, and make the most of the new possibilities enabled by AI and ML.

  • IT is Leaving on a Data Plane: We will see an increased level of abstraction within IT, with businesses focusing more on data and less on this data's underlying infrastructure. Hypervisors, clouds, containers, and platforms in general will form a data plane that enables more fluid movement of data between each tier as businesses focus on moving data to where they need it to be. Data security, privacy and protection will be layered on top of this plane to provide businesses with the data management functionality they need to keep their data safe and available. 

  • Data Analytics Moves to the Top of the Companies' Priority List: Data volumes continue to grow, but we're knowing less and less about that data - which is a huge risk. In 2020, the focus on analytics will be driven by increased regulatory and compliance pressures, risks from data breaches and ransomware, and the need to properly classify data for AI and ML projects.  Without "clean" data of value, these AI and ML projects will stumble. Data analytics will support intelligent decision making, feed AI and ML initiatives, and strengthen compliance stances within organizations. Expect more businesses to be hitting this point in their data maturity, where analytics projects take priority.

  • AI and ML Enable More "Self-Driving" IT Operations: With more complexity in IT, it is becoming more of a challenge to maintain the various interdependent systems in this age of hybrid and multi-cloud environments.  Data and infrastructure management solutions will likely continue to expand their use of AI and ML technologies to deliver companies more self-driving IT operations. These self-driving IT systems will not only manage more day-to-day tasks, but proactively augment policies and send alerts that anticipate and respond to potential security threats and other changes to companies' IT environments.


About the Author

Matt Tyrer 

Matt Tyrer is a Technology Evangelist at Commvault. Matt is the liaison between Commvault's sales, product development and marketing groups. He also works closely with Commvault's partners and alliance ecosystems, industry analysts, the press, and the customer base. His goal is to ensure the correct information is available across the business, and foster awareness and thought leadership for the Commvault brand. He is the bridge between the technical aspects of world-class solutions and awareness of how those solutions translate into business and IT results. Matt is known for creating compelling messaging and insights around Commvault solutions and business value, and can speak to technical, marketing, and competitive differentiation.

Published Friday, December 27, 2019 7:20 AM by David Marshall
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