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IDC: Critical Need for Edge Data Protection

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The 3rd Platform of computing, based around the four pillars of mobile computing, social media, big data and analytics, and cloud, is redefining what IT infrastructure needs to provide. More and more content is being created, edited, and shared at the edge on mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, raising accessibility, security, and protection concerns. Much of this data is confidential or otherwise sensitive corporate information. As a result, data protection requirements are rapidly evolving to include endpoint protection as a must-have.

Endpoint solutions must meet not only traditional data protection requirements such as flexible data capture, multiple recovery options, efficient and secure data transfer and storage, and comprehensive coverage but also a new set of requirements driven by the explosion in mobile computing. As end users blend their work and personal lives using an ever-increasing array of handheld options, they often create shadow IT operations such as Internet-based file sync and share (FSS) to meet their agility requirements. Fragmented data stores that contain sensitive corporate data make it very difficult for IT to manage corporate information assets to meet security, recoverability, compliance, and regulatory requirements. The challenge for IT has been meeting corporate guidelines for data management while providing the agility, ease of use, and unfettered access to which end users have become accustomed.

CommVault, the originator of the unified data management concept, just introduced an enterprise-class FSS service into its CommVault Edge endpoint data protection solution. The platform, called Simpana, provides a single, centrally managed repository for data that has made it easy to consistently, comprehensively, and efficiently back up, recover, archive, search, access, share, and manage sensitive corporate information. With the introduction of its FSS service, CommVault promises to meet collaboration requirements with a scalable, easy-to-use platform that intelligently expands the definition of unified data management to include collaboration. Organizations that deploy the entire CommVault offering have a comprehensive way to identify, protect, and manage all sensitive data across the business, regardless of how that data is created and used.