Next-Generation Data Protection: Realities

In the past, I have written about the next generation of data protection, which combines analytics with broader data and holistic system protection into one easy-to-use product (or set of products). The goal is to take disaster recovery to the future, when we will be able to restore and test our restores of not just our data, but also the systems required to make that data accessible, including all networking and security constructs. If you were to have a massive disaster, could your disaster recovery techniques restore your entire environment at just a push of a button? Does your disaster recovery testing feed back into analytics to determine what needs to change to make this a reality?

Regardless of our goals for the future, today data protection comes down to what is available now, and from where. No single vendor has everything, but many vendors are on the proper path. There are several approaches to the problem. One is to buy a single solution that may eventually get there; another is to buy multiple solutions and join them together using scripting via their APIs to achieve similar results.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in Newsletter.

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