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Introduction

The market for data protection and availability is undergoing a significant change. It is moving away from a scheduled data protection and availability approach based on making copies of the data kept in different silos.

Highlights

  • Any data protection and availability plan must meet the needs of business users and reduce the business impact of service interruption.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn how Ovum's model for developing a strategic data protection and availability plan demonstrates the value of involving business users.
  • Understand how any data protection and availability plan will be impacted by emergent technologies such as mobile, BYOX, and flash storage.

Key questions answered

  • Why must a data protection and availability plan meet the needs of business users and reduce the business impact of service interruption?
  • Why is selecting the correct role for cloud storage as part of a data protection and availability plan essential?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Introducing the Ovum framework and demonstrating the value of involving business users

  • The relevance of different types of data protection depends on the use case
  • A data protection and availability plan must meet the needs of business users and reduce the impact of service interruption

Considering the various deployment options of a data protection and availability plan

  • The cost of storage is not as simple as the purchase price
  • Selecting the correct role for cloud storage as part of a data protection and availability plan
  • The rise of continuous availability and its impact on traditional data protection and availability

Understanding the key capabilities when selecting a data protection and availability solution

  • Replication capabilities differ from data protection and availability capabilities
  • Snapshots are fast but come with disadvantages
  • Security of the data protection and availability plan should be developed in line with the corporate governance mode

Recognizing the emergent technologies that will impact a data protection and availability plan

  • Growth of mobile and BYOX will create new tensions between corporate data protection and personal data
  • Flash storage is challenging the dominance of current approaches
  • The move to software-defined data centers brings its own challenge
  • The introduction of containers will bring some new challenges

Appendix

  • Author

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