The rise of digital transformation has meant that companies are placing a much higher emphasis on the importance of data. Data has become a key strategic asset to ensure success and prosperity for businesses looking to move forward in the digital economy. The business demands that data is available all the time and any form of data loss has become totally unacceptable.
Underestimating the role of data protection in this digital economy can lead to serious consequences. Thus, for any organisation undergoing digital transformation, the entire approach to data protection needs to be updated in line with business needs and IT transformation.
The challenge that many organisations now face is that backup and recovery are becoming increasingly complex. The data they need to protect is often spread between disparate legacy and modern systems. Business applications now span across private, public and hybrid cloud environments.
Attempting to use old-world backup tools to protect modern, digital, cloud-enabled and data-driven businesses is a technical oxymoron. The two are not compatible. What modern businesses need is a holistic approach to data protection that not only scales with ease but also turns secondary data from an overhead to a business asset.
Most legacy data protection solutions have grown by cobbling together point products for different applications. They offer no central management, are more likely to be error-prone and not architected for a data-driven business.
A holistic, integrated data protection solution is one that unifies all backup and recovery into a single, comprehensive solution, leveraging multiple data protection techniques to manage, protect, move and report on all of your data across all applications. This includes legacy applications through to cloud-enabled mobile solutions.
Such a holistic approach yields business benefits beyond backup and recovery itself. Having one centralised management and pool for all data allows organisations to put their secondary data to work and use it as a valuable business asset. It’s a resource that becomes a net contributor to a data-driven approach to running a business.
For example, a holistic data management platform acting as a secondary data store becomes a rich source of historical data that can be used for analytics and business insight. In-house data is recognised as the cornerstone for supporting data-driven insights. Modern, holistic backup finally makes this data available for this purpose.
Secondary data can also be used to speed up application development and innovation. It provides rapid, non-disruptive access to production quality data for test engineers and developers. Given that modern businesses need to move from idea to prototype to launch in days rather than years, anything that speeds up development cycles is a clear competitive edge.
For over 20 years, Commvault has been an industry leader in data protection. With a holistic approach to data protection, Commvault has systematically evolved its foundational Commvault Data Platform to offer a comprehensive and modern solution for its customers to reduce risk, save on costs, improve operational efficiencies, and derive greater value out of their data.
There’s no two ways about it. As your organisation embarks on a digital transformation journey which places greater importance on data, you have to look for a solution that not only delivers integrated and flexible data protection, but also one that can turn your secondary data into a simple to manage, yet productive business asset.