5 Ways to Be Strategic with Your Data

Posted 26 October 2016 3:53 PM by David J. King



Commvault strives to help customers be strategic with their data every day. At Commvault GO, our inaugural customer event, we shared the results of an IDC Survey of Commvault customers. We provided additional context on how they are solving complex data growth problems and achieving better business outcomes - using Commvault’s integrated solutions portfolio and the Commvault Data Platform. We also provided best practices and offered suggestions on additional strategic capabilities the audience may want to consider. The five key areas in the session focused on controlling data growth, managing risk, reducing redundancy, adhering to governance standards and eliminating vendor lock-in.

Here were some of the highlights:

First, 64 percent of you told us that your environment is growing by 25 percent or less. That's well above average for what IDC has for typical growth (40-50 percent). Great Job at proactively managing your data! An area to watch was the data protection of SaaS environments that are expected to be 28 percent of the application budget by 20181. We reviewed Commvault’s Salesforce data management offerings to improve the recoverability of Salesforce as well as make the data more productive.

Next we looked at managing risk. You reported a 55 percent reduction in annual unplanned downtime after deploying Commvault, and you reduced your recovery time on mission critical applications by 78 percent. Looking at what you might not be leveraging, we examined Commvault’s Disaster Recovery in the Cloud offerings. We followed that up with a look at redundancy, where you told us that you spend 42 percent less time on administration and spend 42 percent less on hardware to support your data protection needs. In looking at Commvault capabilities that might not be utilized, we discussed VM Archiving – a data growth area that many organizations don’t yet control.

In eliminating vendor lock-in, we focused on the 8-plus hypervisors and more than 25 cloud providers that Commvault has added with our open (agnostic) approach. For corporate governance, you told us that you had a 70 percent reduction in audit failures, breaches and data loss, and compliance failures with Commvault. We also discussed Ransomware (and some great breakouts later in the day) and unauthorized sharing of data in “public dropbox” environments as areas where data control is still challenged. We discussed Commvault edge protection and file sharing capabilities as one area of regaining control.

Endpoint Protection and File Sharing Capabilities

Perhaps most important, we then heard from Branndon Kelley, the CIO at American Municipal Power (AMP). He discussed how Commvault was at the center of his company’s IT transformation, eliminating 10 data protection products and converting them into Commvault’s holistic data platform. Kelley, who was the star of the session, was kind enough to share a real-world crises experience. If not for Commvault, it could have cost him his job, he said.

Only days after implementing Commvault, the unthinkable happened on a production system where a significant financial application went down. Everything was gone. To his delight, Commvault’s support team worked quickly with his. In less than three hours, they fully recovered their financial system with only less than four minutes of data being unrecoverable. They knew they couldn’t have accomplished that with their previous environment.  And from that point forward, AMP leadership trusted that Branndon and his team could deliver on these transformations. The final result? Their influence with the business units grew.

1 27.8 percent of the worldwide enterprise applications market will be SaaS-based, generating $50.8B in revenue up from $22.6B or 16.6 percent of the market in 2013.

IDC also estimates the overall enterprise applications market in 2013 was $135.9B. Source: IDC Predicts SaaS Enterprise Applications Will Be A $50.8B Market By 2018.

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