New technologies drive changes. With the adoption of mixed platforms, explosion of data and various applications, organizations are facing increasing challenges in data protection. A simple tape backup product might have done the job in the past is no longer the answer to business continuity planning today.
Having talked to our customers and partners, Ganesh Kuppuswamy, Director, Arcserve, India constantly hear pain points such as
1. Different RTO and RPO goals
2. Increasingly complex environments – on-premises, off-premises, public, private or hybrid cloud
3. Scalability to meet business growth demand
4. IT skill shortage to manage complex solutions
5. IT budget is never enough to manage everything!
Clearly IT complexity will continue to be the keyword in 2016 and every organization will look for a solution. At Arcserve we believe simplification is key, regardless of the size of organizations or their IT infrastructure.
A simple solution should not only solve the data protection challenges today, but also address the future needs of organizations when their infrastructure evolves.
An ideal solution should bring together every element of data protection into one product administrated from a centralized management interface, including traditional file-based tape backup, imaged-based backup, deduplication, replication and high availability.
The advantage of image-based backup versus file-based backup is to improve backup and recovery performance or to back up more frequently within a backup window.
In the old days, organizations made copies of their backups to tape then took them offsite to comply with business requirements. Now when you have real-time replication with backup, it’s possible to migrate backup data to the DR site, or even to the Cloud for DR purposes. This eliminates offsite physical tape rotation, reducing risks, cost and time.
By integrating remote high availability with virtualization technologies, you can build a disaster recovery plan with high RTO expectations without a huge investment. Even SMEs can go with enterprise-level disaster recovery by engaging managed service providers, or subscribing to public clouds for system failover and remote access in case of disasters or data center outage.
Many organizations are still using point solutions to protect their business assets due to hardware legacy and feeling the pain of unnecessary complexity. But more and more organizations look for ways to consolidate their platforms to simplify their infrastructure. No doubt a unified solution will get more traction as organizations going through this change.