Wow, times are changing! According to a recent report from industry analyst Gartner, “By 2018, more than 50% of enterprise storage customers will consider bids from storage vendors that have been in business for less than five years, up from less than 30% today.”1 For many years, enterprise organizations relied on just a few major storage vendors for all of their needs. The adage, 'No one ever got fired for buying xxx' comes to mind.
Today, many new startups offer storage solutions with advanced performance, scalability, and flexibility at price points that many established vendors can’t match. With support for hyper-converged infrastructure, scale-out software-defined storage, cloud, hybrid, etc. there are a lot of great choices. To stay competitive and to perhaps avoid building it on their own, many established storage vendors are trying to acquire these storage startups. The acquisition often results in yet another stand-alone solution that does not integrate with the rest of the vendor’s offerings. So, what does that mean for your existing data protection and recovery solutions?
It means more silos of data that cannot be easily accessed or leveraged, with lots of duplicate storage and infrastructure, along with increased deployment and management costs. And it brings more stand-alone software for snapshots, backup, archive, reporting and other features. So administrators continue to struggle with inconsistent user interfaces, limited data protection options, cumbersome recovery and data in silos that cannot be easily accessed or leveraged. This disjointed approach results in increased management, hardware and service costs.
Only Commvault® data protection and recovery software was designed with a single code base, a single index, and it is completely integrated. Protected data is stored in a single virtual data repository, which eliminates the separate data silos that come with traditional snapshot, backup, archive and reporting products. Commvault provides support for a broad selection of storage arrays, virtualization platforms and enterprise applications, so users are never locked-in to a specific vendor’s expensive brand of storage or technology.
For example, supporting more than 25 cloud storage platforms and No. 1 in cloud storage integration, Commvault makes it easy to back up workloads, applications and data to the cloud. And unlike traditional snapshot solutions, Commvault's snapshot management technology, which we call IntelliSnap®, efficiently protects a wide range of enterprise environments that includes multi-vendor storage arrays, critical applications and hypervisors. This dramatically simplifies management, since administrators can initiate snapshots using a consistent process and user interface across a wide range of storage, applications and hypervisors – a single snapshot solution to protect critical data across the enterprise.
To remain competitive in today’s global economy, enterprise organizations need the freedom to deploy the best storage to meet their business needs. Remaining locked-in to a specific vendor’s storage and multiple stand-alone data protection products and separate data silos could lead to a new saying: 'Mr/Ms xx got fired for buying xx again. Don’t let this happen to you!'
Only Commvault is positioned the highest on execution and furthest on vision as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software. Read it today and learn how Commvault Data Protection and Recovery Solutions can help your organization.
1 Gartner - Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software, 08 June 2016