Backup and data protection architectures as we know them are about to undergo a drastic set of changes in the next few years.  The market is quickly morphing as end users weather a perfect storm hitting their infrastructure and affecting the efficiency of their operations.

This storm is partially driven by the consumerization of IT, which compounds the level of expectations placed on the data recovery team, as users demand “we want our data back, and we want it now!”

Having extensively surveyed the CA ARCserve® customer base, we were able to confirm many other trends and challenges.  The crisis that is now fueling an unprecedented and dramatic review of best practices in data protection is also creating a fundamental shift towards more measurability…and a keen focus on recovery.

A key issue we see involves organizations struggling to manage data protection and high availability using multiple point solutions from multiple vendors.  This creates inconsistent data protection infrastructures, especially for larger end users.  It’s expensive and complex to manage.

In fact, when we asked how many data protection solutions people run – between utilities, backup products, replication products etc. – we got quite a range, with around 5 or 6 being the average.  How do you expect to guarantee a smooth recovery process when you have 6 point solutions?

This multiplicity of solutions not only strains resources in terms of systems, people and funding, it also results in a lack of data and system recovery predictability…and a lack of measurability and control of key metrics such as recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPO and RTO).   If you don’t know where you are at any given point in time, how can you control it?

We believe it’s time for a change and a new type of solution.