#CommvaultGo: Why You Need to Forget What You’ve Learned about Backup Software and Data Protection Processes
We’ve spent two days here in Orlando at Commvault’s first user conference, CommvaultGO. The conference’s attendees included IT leaders, operations and application managers, compliance professionals, analysts, media and bloggers. The world of traditional backup and data protection are expanding due to digital transformation, IoT, VR/AR and the massive increase in actionable insight enabled by big data projects.
Backup Funding Source and Replacement Rate is Changing Rapidly
From the CEO, Bob Hammer, to the COO Al Bunte, and a long list of Commvault clients and partners we heard from, the theme was not just about how data protection and backup are transforming, but how the digital business transformations are changing the drivers and funding/budgeting models for what we used to call backup. In fact, Steve Duplessie, of ESG’s research found that over 50 percent of the data protection service funding in the enterprise is not coming from IT, it’s now coming from the lines of business’ budgets.
And the pace of replacing a backup platform is happening at a rapid pace. While the backup business remains a relatively stable global market, the rate of replacement is growing with 70 percent of organizations replacing their data protection mechanisms every three years to now 37 percent considering their backup platform up for replacement on an annual basis.
Backup is Not Just Backup Anymore
Commvault’s rate of innovation is increasing, which for an established, enterprise focused, public company is rather remarkable. The rate of innovation is being driven by one thing: Data. Data has become more valuable than ever. From the hype around Big Data a few years ago, to the plethora of new analytics and visualization tools to tomorrow’s AI, data (in this case the backed up data) is delivering real value back to the enterprise. One of the keynote speakers commented, “People get addicted to the data. Now they have to not just protect it and make sure it’s always available, but we in IT can help lines of business get value and gain insights across data stored on-premise, in SaaS applications, and across public clouds and private clouds.”
Commvault has launched an impressive array tools they call Software Defined Data Services, including: Data Lifecycle Management, Data Formatting, Data Access Controls, Automated Storage Configuration and of course monitoring and usage.
IoT, VR/AR, Digital Transformation and the continuing growth of Big Data is driving an unprecedented growth in total data volumes protected.
Fun Fact: Cows Produce More Milk with Big Data
Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President & Chief Evangelist at Microsoft, shared some insight in how IoT, Microsoft Azure and Big Data combine in the farming industry. During his keynote, he shared how cows are producing more milk than ever before by wearing GPS and motion sensing ankle bracelets. When data from thousands of cows are combined, farmers are able to predict the health of a cow and are alerted to a sickness just by seeing the change in their walking and movement patterns. Very interesting! Big Data wins again.
We had a great time at the first ever CommvaultGo event and look forward to next year!
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