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Backup: One Size Does Not Fit All Anymore

by Catherine Chiang – February 27, 2018

In the good old days when data was much smaller, having a single backup solution was ideal. However, as data has exploded, it has also generated new requirements that necessitate multiple solutions. 50% of enterprises surveyed for the 2017 Gartner Backup Magic Quadrant today deploy multiple backup solutions.

More and more enterprises are experiencing the failures of legacy backup when faced with the challenges of massive unstructured data. 70% of participants at a Gartner Data Center Conference poll were neutral to dissatisfied with their existing backup infrastructure.

Legacy Backup is Failing for Modern Datasets

Data itself is changing. The most quickly growing segment of data is unstructured, which has different requirements than structured data. Because the data itself is different, enterprises cannot use the same solution to backup all of their data.

The concept of using multiple backup solutions is not new. In the early days of virtualization, some organizations deployed different backup solutions for virtual servers than their physical servers, only unifying the backup solutions once their environments went all-virtual. Eventually, legacy backup providers added new features to their existing products to handle different environments.

But unlike with virtualization, legacy backup providers cannot just add new features to existing products. Legacy backup software just wasn’t designed for massive unstructured data, failing under these new requirements. For example, legacy backup software uses single-threaded protocols to move data, while unstructured data on the scale of petabytes and billions of files requires highly parallel, multi-threaded protocols to efficiently move data. Even attempts by legacy backup software providers to provide scale-out storage hardware doesn’t fix their software.

Backup is Changing

This dissatisfaction with legacy backup is driving enterprises to change their approach to secondary storage. Gartner predicts that by 2021, 50% of organizations will change their current backup solution and a Gartner Data Center Conference poll revealed that 22% of participants predict they will abandon their existing providers.

Unstructured data requires a secondary storage solution designed specifically to handle its demands. Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud is the only solution that meets the requirements of massive unstructured data, including superior data protection, efficient data movement, easy search and discovery, and event-driven computing models to facilitate AI and machine learning.

As unstructured data continues to grow quickly, now is the time to break free from the idea that your enterprise should only have a single backup solution. Instead, it’s smart to begin investing in a secondary storage infrastructure that can more effectively handle your data today and beyond.

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