By Simon Eid, General Manager, Data Protection and Availability Division, EMC, Australia and New Zealand
With cloud computing now business as usual for Australian and New Zealand CIOs, companies are demanding more IT solutions be delivered ‘as-as-service’, including data protection.
A report from IDC last year revealed that a whopping 86% of Australian enterprises are currently using cloud computing, making Australia one of the most virtualised countries in the world. Meanwhile, the New Zealand cloud computing market continues to see massive growth.
Australian and New Zealand companies have already started to realise the benefits of public, private and hybrid clouds and we’ve just made some announcements that mean you can be more confident than ever about transitioning to a software-defined environment.
In software-defined environments, infrastructure is virtualised and delivered as a service. To meet the demands of this new IT model, companies need to step away from the traditional approach to backup – which utilises numerous technologies to protect data across primary, replica, and backup storage, as well as archive systems – and look to data protection as-a-service.
The flexibility of data protection as-a-service is critical to keeping pace with the velocity and fluidity of software defined environments – especially as the provisioning rate of primary storage accelerates via virtualised and software-defined approaches.
To address the changing market and prepare organisations for the future, EMC has redefined its Data Protection Portfolio for a software-defined environment. These solutions effectively support public, private and hybrid clouds, and span the entire continuum of data protection requirements, from archive to continuous availability.
Data protection must provide end-to-end visibility. For example, EMC’s new Data Protection Suite directly integrates at the application level. This allows EMC to leverage backup solutions built in to the application and consolidate workloads to a single data protection storage layer. This is much simpler, more cost effective and offers much greater visibility and control than traditional backup methods. The new level of visibility that this layer provides empowers virtual administrators and application owners, while IT maintains visibility.
This evolution supports the cornerstone of EMC’s data protection strategy, Protection Storage Architectures (PSAs), which provide an open, software-agnostic platform that can address all types of data protection workloads in existing and future software-defined environments.
As ANZ companies continue to adopt ‘as a service’ models, the true value of data protection as a service will be realised.
So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to take advantage of the latest innovations in cloud technology to improve efficiencies, business performance and gain that edge over your competitors.