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Backup is Changing - Are You Prepared?

Change is rapid. Change is constant. And old ways must adjust or fall by the wayside. Take the case of transportation. The horse and the carriage dominated until the first quarter of the 20th century. Yet within a few short years, they virtually disappeared due to the onslaught of the automobile.

A century later, the same thing is happening with backup. Traditional backups ruled the roost for the last couple of decades of the 20th century. But the turn of the millennium signaled the evolution of infrastructure at an unprecedented pace: mobility, virtualization, Big Data, the cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT) and DevOps have changed the face of the modern enterprise. As a result, the old "tried and tested" approach to backup struggles badly and rarely provides comprehensive data protection. These dated methodologies may safeguard portions of the overall data set, but they leave large areas unprotected.

Even in those rare instances when backup applications do an acceptable job, they tend to exist as islands unto themselves. Although they manage to backup most enterprise data, they don't integrate well with other storage or data protection systems.

With data amounts and profiles changing and growing, businesses need to be smarter about how they approach data protection. They need to look beyond the data that is active in their environments and determine what can be tiered off to make room for the most important workloads. At the same time, as the walls of the data center continue to be broken down by the rise of cloud computing, they need assurance that they can back up data anywhere, anytime.

That requires a fresh look at backup.

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