Of all the topics we talk about the most here in the IT world, data protection doesn’t get a lot of airplay… until something bad happens, and data is lost and unrecoverable. Core technologies are changing as well as various forms of snaps and replication. And the delivery model is also changing: i.e. data protection wants to be delivered as an easy-to-consume service with full visibility and transparency.

With all that said, people are investing in the newer solutions when it comes to data protection. For example, IDC recently found that demand for “purpose built backup appliances” is large and growing more quickly than any other portion of the storage market at 16.5%.

Here are a few “guideposts” to where data protection is headed.

1. Architectural Layering 

At the top you have what is referred to as the “service catalog layer” which is labeled data management services in the chart .You are able to see what protection services are available, how they are invoked and made easy to consume, how they’re monitored, etc. You also have, on the left, integration with various data sources such as virtual servers, physical servers, primary storage and application-specific.

2. From Data Protection to Archiving

As disk is supplanting tape as the preferred medium for data recovery, it’s also the preferred medium for extended retention archiving, especially when you might want to use something in a timely fashion. The big dogs in storage, such as EMC are working towards creating a single resource platform for both: 1. The ability to scale shared backup services for everything in the data center and 2. The attractive economics of a long-term retention platform.

Here again, popular archiving apps see the DataDomain as a CIFS share, and the DataDomain simply provides cost-effective archival storage.

3. Hardware

The midrange of the DataDomain product line has been refreshed to be even more competitive. All the updated DD boxes are exponentially faster, bigger and can handle more streams, while also being much more cost effective. The magic is DataDomain’s multi-core software implementation – one of the reasons that EMC bought DataDomain in the first place. Every time there is a significantly better Intel processor, the products get significantly better speeds as a result.

I’ve heard so many customers talk about “having a tough time convincing the business to invest in better backup approaches.” Really? What kind of a business are you working with? We’re not talking about some optional “nice to have.” This is basic IT, folks. Data protection is IT’s responsibility. It’s not someone else’s problem to solve. The most convincing argument we’ve found for investment in better backups is reduced opex; and that’s before even going into the risk reduction side of things. As unsexy of a topic backup is, I would strongly urge that you solve your backup questions sooner than later.

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