Malaysian organisations are interested in long-term solutions when it comes to data management. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Veritas continues to provide the best in enterprise data protection and software-defined storage. It is the leading solution provider in Malaysia.
According to Ravi Rajendran, Veritas Managing Director of Asia South Region, “a lot of data is currently stored in tape and disks. Managing these data can be hard especially when it comes to recovery as they require a long time. Organisations are now looking to back up and archive data in clouds.”
Generally, a lot of people feel that tape is now dead as it gets very little coverage. New companies that have not been around for as long as Veritas have no ability to manage tape. Whilst tape is a shrinking legacy market, people forget that enterprise companies have decades of investment in tape and will be using it for years to come even if it’s not "sexy".
So, this is a good reminder why companies like Veritas move to new platforms like cloud but are really valued by enterprises as they continue to work with their legacy investments. Veritas provides the tools for these data to be utilised.
Currently, the Veritas 360 Data Management Suite combines and protects data everywhere, regardless of platform. Its optimising storage ensures customers can embrace moving workloads as and when they need to. It allows migration between clouds, to be able to visualise data from cloud providers. It also enables compliance with global visibility to identify personal, sensitive business-critical data. Store only data needed for the required duration.
He adds that most organisations have unstructured data.
“Most enterprises like telco to healthcare don’t need data from the past but still store it. Managing these data is key. It is important to know what kind of data there is and where to find it.”
Known as dark data, the value of these data is unknown. An estimated 50% of data is dark. Veritas helps its customers assess these data to find out if it has business value. As we ingest the data, we already have some predefined customisation policies. This gives us a clear-cut view on the useless data and the business value data. We reiterate this process. If customers can share with us their data usage policies, we can implement it into this tool which further classifies this data. In other words, the data is managed. Data that has no value will be deleted.
Raymond Goh, Head of Asia South Region, Sales & Engineering says this will allow more cost savings in managing it. Dark data assessments will make organisations back up less which will lead to more cost saving.
“You get to optimise how much you back up. We have an advisory engagement to help customers to realise the intent of their storage. From there we come up with a holistic plan for them. It is a consultative approach towards the usage. The input is used in a repeatable orchestrated process for operating data management.”
Veritas has the software that supports any program being used. It allows organisations to migrate data with confidence, ensuring visibility and avoiding business outages. NetBackup, featured in CloudPoint, a simple data protection tool for multi-cloud digital enterprise, ensures a speed and scaled approached with efficiency, openness and support.
“We want our customers to use data to disrupt others and not let it disrupt them. Data is changing lives,” says Raymond.
Adding to that, Veritas is currently running, in its beta stage, its latest hyperconverged solution for data protection. The Veritas Iris 4100 is specifically designed to protect virtual workloads, protecting them and recovering them at speed. Customers can leverage on this snapshot for other tasks. It is a scale out, hyperconverged protection solution for VMware infrastructure. The Iris 4100 ensures coding for storage efficiency and quick desk recovery. It can also do indexation and classification of data.
In other words, it’s a simplified version for customers to manage their virtual environments and to quickly protect and repurpose them. It is expected to be released in January 2019.
Having said that, there are challenges to data management as well.
Cybersecurity Ventures predicts ransomware damage will cost 11.5 billion in 2019. A 2017 survey showed that 92% of business are moving to cloud but there are complexities with migration as there is no cloud and workload mobility.
Storage Costs will soar with more data which leads to the high demand and cost of ownership. Looking at big data, 37% of the digital universe will be valuable worth 430 billion USD in productivity. 80% of enterprise data is unstructured and likely to contain personal information that must be portable and available for download if requested by owners. A data centre outage costs 9000 USD per minute. Shifting to cloud doesn’t reduce risk and exposure.
So, the key question here is, will organisations see data management as an asset?
As Raymond puts it, “Organisations need to look at data management more as an investment instead of an expense. Customers need a modern data management strategy to be able to manage data and have an intelligent data insight.”