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Backup trends

Asigra Inc. has issued its predictions for how organizations will develop their backup processes and infrastructure over the next year.

With data being stored on more devices, applications and operating environments than ever before, organizations tasked with protecting this data have relied on a cocktail of backup applications for data recovery. To alleviate the problems of managing multiple backup solutions IT professionals increasingly seek methods to consolidate and optimize these operations. As a result, Asigra is predicting increased industry and customer momentum toward more ubiquitous backup solutions in 2013.

As organizations struggle to develop backup and recovery strategies for data in physical IT environments, virtual and cloud infrastructure and on mobile devices, the trend toward backup consolidation is accelerating. According to analysts, the reason for this is today’s geographically dispersed and increasingly mobile workforce, who expect to access content from anywhere, at any time, in the context of a business process. This is requiring IT professionals to provide assurance that the data from heterogeneous IT platforms is not only secure, but recoverable.

With backup becoming more of an attribute of computing, Asigra anticipates the following movement will materialize over the next 12 months:

  • Backup technologies will continue their evolution and become increasingly pervasive, allowing business application managers to auto-recover data that is lost due to human error, system failures or natural disasters. As part of this trend, disparate applications will require a unifying backup infrastructure that centralizes the backup vault and provides for multi-platform recovery.
  • Cloud and mobile apps will join on-premise applications in receiving enterprise-class data recovery priority as more business information is generated and stored by these applications.
    Furthermore, an increasing percentage of corporate data repositories (physical, virtual, cloud and mobile) will be incorporated into a single backup infrastructure.
  • Users will have more options than ever before when it comes to aligning backup costs with business requirements for data availability. More enterprises will turn to solutions that allow IT professionals to prioritize and assign mission critical data for near-instant recoverability while retaining, yet de-prioritizing, less critical data on recovery platforms that are matched to recover data based on the value of that information.
  • Because of the significant gains in efficiency, data accessibility, affordability and the ability to provide end-to-end data recoverability, enterprise-class cloud backup technologies will continue to take marketshare from legacy backup applications, especially tape-based solutions.


•Date: 22nd Feb 2013 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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