Enterprise IT teams are at a challenging intersection point. On one hand, they must meet data protection requirements that are more demanding than ever before. Data pools are growing exponentially in volume, yet data ownership has devolved to be unclear and scattershot. New kinds of business-critical resources that reside in hybrid and multi-cloud environments are entering the equation. Additionally, sophisticated cybercrime activity like ransomware attacks must be protected against. At the same time, enterprise IT is contending against legacy data protection solutions that are cumbersome to manage, expensive, and inflexible.
Most large organizations are in a position of needing to simplify, adapt and otherwise drive the most value out of their existing data protection infrastructure.
To address this problem, enterprises are rethinking their approach to data protection. They are seeking to make their day-to-day lives more efficient by reducing the complexities inherent in legacy infrastructure. They want centralized protection of – and oversight over – their hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environments. Ransomware has necessitated stringent backup schedules and accelerated, proven recovery streams. And finally, cost is always king when it comes to data protection; enterprise IT is seeking to meet these requirements on a budget.
The challenge is that existing data protection solutions and processes cannot just be thrown out. There is substantial risk and cost inherent in migrating off a solution that has protected business critical data for years. Furthermore, even if a new data protection solution is successfully introduced, typically the legacy solution is still kept up and running for a period of time (in many cases, for years), because of the need to support legacy infrastructure and to ensure recoverability of data that it has protected. In other words, there is still a long tail for usage of the legacy solution.
For these reasons, most enterprises and other large organizations are in a position of needing to simplify, adapt and otherwise drive the most value out of their existing data protection infrastructure – a concept known as “modernizing” data protection. This paper will unpack in more detail why data protection implementations need to be modernized to begin with. Given the influx of various vendors’ market messaging on the topic, this paper will also investigate what exactly it means to modernize data protection infrastructure.
One of the key reasons that customers are looking to modernize their data protection infrastructure is to reduce day-to-day management complexity.
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