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Virtual machines and databases are higher priorities when it comes to data protection, but customers are recognizing the need to protect unstructured data as well, said Krista Macomber, senior analyst at Evaluator Group. Examples of critical unstructured data include home directories and machine-generated data. In the latter case, the data can grow quickly, emphasizing the need for cost-efficient storage.
“Unstructured data is becoming mission-critical to the business, meaning it requires protection. And it’s growing at an extremely fast pace, so for many enterprises, data stores are shifting more toward unstructured than to structured data,” Macomber said.
DobiProtect is the vendor using its existing migration capabilities to hop on this trend, Macomber said. Datadobi already had wide NAS and object support in order to be a good migration product, and now that support enables heterogeneity from a data protection standpoint. Being able to move data from NAS to S3 or Azure Blob and then recover it to any target provides a lot of flexibility for customers, Macomber said.