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Solving data management challenges in the era of BYOD and IoT

Mark Bentkower, Director of Systems Engineering,ASEAN, CommVault Systems | March 10, 2015
The main challenge for IT organisations in 2015 lies in the collection, aggregation and analysis of different sources of data. Here are the top strategic ways to solve the organisations' data management challenges.

2)     Ensure that data can be restored easily and quickly

Due to the growing complexity of IoT applications, the consumerisation of IT, and multi-service environments such as smart cities, there is a growing need to manage a multitude of new devices, such as sensors, switches, smartphones and tablets, which are all connected via a variety of short-range wireless and fixed line technologies. In this new era, traditional streaming backup models are no longer efficient as they simply cannot back up data fast enough, nor can they restore it fast enough.

For instance, a majority of enterprises, especially those with a massive legacy footprint within their IT infrastructure, still count tape as a key part of their storage platform. While this technology was a viable solution in the past, now, tape is found lacking in a fundamental requirement of data protection - rapid restore. When organizations have to deal with large amounts of data to store and backup for archiving and disaster recovery (DR) purposes, the limitations of tape are hard to ignore.

On the other hand, the array snapshot is a useful tool for rapid restore. Snapshots enable organisations to capture and recover point-in-time data with the speed and efficiency. Its benefits are clear -- by linking hardware array-based snapshot technology to data classification and backup processes, data protection and recovery become faster. Yet, native array snapshot tools vary in their functionality and complexity, and don't take into account the applications moving data on the platters. Therefore, organizations should consider snapshot technology that combines deep application awareness and broad hardware compatibility in a single console to help recover applications faster, maximize the hardware investments and eliminate the backup window.

3)     Virtualise fearlessly

With the rise of BYOD and IoT, cloud use is becoming more pervasive in organisations across all industries; an increasing number of organisations are shifting their workloads to compute and storage clouds to take advantage of greater productivity, simplicity, elasticity and cost savings. In Asia Pacific, spending on public IT cloud services are expected to grow almost five-fold, reaching $19.5 billion by 2016[4].

Virtualisation is a game changerfor those organisations adopting cloud as a platform or as a storage environment. Virtualisation benefits are compelling, be it from cost savings, business flexibility or the agility inherent in emergent private and public cloud architectures. Yet, according to a global study, nearly nine out of 10 IT managers believe virtual machine (VM) management is risky without proper planning[5]. And their concern has merit; the ease in deploying new VMs can lead to a virtual machine sprawl, making it time-consuming for administrators to keep track of new VMs and ensure data protection and retention policies are applied to each of them.


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