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Managing your data – only one way to go

Mark Bentkower, CISSP, Director of Systems Engineering, ASEAN, Commvault | Jan. 18, 2016
Mark Bentkower of Commvault discusses how businesses can adopt current practices to ensure data management needs meet the demands of today’s fast-moving technological changes.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.

2015 was a roller coaster year for many organisations. We've seen seismic shifts in market landscapes from massive tech M&As (and the reverse) andincreasing security and compliance requirements, to major data breaches and cyber security incidents, continued adoption of cloud and anywhere computing, and ever-expanding volumes of data.

As we look at 2016, one thing is for sure, conversations with CIOs in the region about data management are reaching new levels of intensity as more and more enterprises recognise the importance of having the capabilities to make data-driven decisions and turn information into a competitive business differentiator. These same discussions with CIOs and business leaders revealed six common priorities for 2016:

  • Open, Standards-Based Infrastructure: Organisations are looking to exploit the cost and flexibility advantages of commodity infrastructure.
  • New Recovery Mandates: Downtime is no longer acceptable. Organisations are increasingly intolerant of data loss for critical applications; recovery windows are closing.
  • Extensible Analytics Built-In: Organisations want search, visualisation, graphical and correlation tools embedded into their data management solutions or accessible from third-party standard query languages.
  • Access & Collaboration: Organisations want seamless, universal access to all copies of their data, regardless of when and where it was created, and they also want to be able to securely share data internally. 
  • End to End Governance: Companies must have all data under managed control -- visibility, security, access and compliance are needed. 
  • Backup Outpaced by Data Growth: Enterprises have higher demands for recovery points, given that data volumes are exceeding the ability of traditional backup solutions.

The market is telling us what it needs, the question is do the solutions exist today? The good news is that with continued innovations in storage, cloud and hyper-converged infrastructures, enterprises in Asia do have access to next generation data management solutions that span across platforms -- from the data centre to the cloud to mobile users -- that will help them get the most out of their data.

Capitalising single platform efficiencies
Traditional approaches for businesses are to back up data to multiple sources including tape, disk and remote servers. This results in performance latency issues and lengthy processes during the retrieval of information. Given the exponential growth of data, the efficiency of data management -- including protection, archiving, availability and sharing -- needs to shift focus both in platform and service level expectation.

In a recent IDC survey, two in five organisations in Asia-Pacific today manage their data at a departmental level. The result of this non-holistic data management practices, in which business units only focus on meeting their specific data-related requirements, as well as different SLA requirements, can potentially lead to inconsistent, redundant, and unprotected datasets, increased storage costs and make data vulnerable to compliance issues, thus creating risks for the organisation and hampering the ability to derive value from data.


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