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IDC: Greater Value from a Consolidated Data and Information Management Platform

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Today, IT departments are grappling with a storm of challenges. Explosive data growth outside of the datacenter, particularly on endpoint devices such as tablets and phones, is pushing IT managers to ensure greater anytime, anywhere access. In addition, IT staffs are now managing multiple hypervisors in their environment, adding to management complexity and costs. Finally, IT managers are increasingly managing information as well as infrastructure and having to adopt converged protection strategies — with more aggressive recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives (RPOs/RTOs) — across applications and the cloud to ensure scalability, agility, and cost-effectiveness.

Unfortunately, IT departments lack a holistic or singular set of tools to manage the diverse needs of their data and infrastructure. This can put both IT and the business at risk. In this rapidly growing, increasingly complex, virtualized, and geographically dispersed IT environment, a consolidated information management platform can help:

  • Enable nonstop IT operations, allowing managers to meet aggressive RPOs/RTOs for application recovery while meeting budget objectives.
  • Reduce complexity, mitigate risk, and allow end users greater access to their data anytime, anyplace, and on any device, with self-service recovery options.
  • Increase storage efficiency and optimization with the use of data deduplication or compression to control infrastructure costs.
  • Reduce IT staff time, including the time needed to customize scripts and manage and implement point-oriented products for data protection, recovery, replication, and archiving.

This IDC White Paper examines how CommVault's Simpana software provides IT departments a consolidated data and information management solution that addresses diverse customer needs and allows customers to extract greater value from their data, infrastructure, and staff resources. IDC also reviews findings from CommVault's 2013 customer survey wherein Simpana users reported significant performance improvements as well as administrative savings across backup administration (50%+), reporting (61%), time spent searching for data for recovery (60%), and snapshot administration (52%).