Putting Backup and Recovery to Work With Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Posted 04/26/2018 by Don Foster

Backup and recovery processes now include artificial intelligence and machine learning that can help optimize your business. Those processes can also create a finely-tuned IT environment. Backup and recovery just became cool.

Well, at Commvault we already believe backup is cool. We believe it is cool to make secondary copies of multi-PB data centers, copies that can save you from the next ransomware attack or natural disaster (OK, that does sound pretty exciting). Most of all, we believe backup is cool because at Commvault we get the opportunity to interface with every system, data type and business system in your environment as we both protect and enable the business.

Commvault has always believed the value is in the data you have and the data you create.  The more data you have and the better it can be understood, the more value you can derive from it. This is why we have been so committed to supporting our customers in their digital transformations. Commvault has been tirelessly working to ensure the way we protect and enable your business is easier, safer and more intelligent than ever before. 

You cannot fight complexity by throwing more complexity at the issue, but you can solve complexity with intelligence and automation. This requires making data-driven decisions to improve how you operate and having an operational awareness that not many IT systems have.  

The artificial intelligence derived from backup and recovery

Did you realize that every night that you run a backup with Commvault software, you are not just protecting data, but you are also creating it?  Every time a file is restored, a disaster recovery test is run or an application is recovered to another environment for dev/test needs, you are creating data – operational data. Your Commvault platform is tracking performance statistics, rates of change, speed of access, performance insights and bottlenecks and so much more.  Enter in artificial intelligence (AI).

AI is not just for self-driving cars, trucks or for automating robots to build out machines. AI is the next step in taking the ultra-complex, like protecting and recovering today’s IT environments and creating a smart, self-learning system that is adjusting to your needs and outcomes. 

Commvault has recently added AI into our platform by employing machine learning algorithms that further simplify how you will meet your business needs. By analyzing the data you create with every action, every backup, every restore, Commvault software analyzes patterns and performance. If operations need to be altered, re-prioritized or modified to improve the desired outcome, Commvault will dynamically make these changes to ensure you are operating in the most optimal fashion.

If certain jobs are running slower, or need more frequent recovery points to meet your service level agreement (SLA), Commvault software bumps priorities and will adjust schedules accordingly to help ensure the end state can be achieved. Consistent tuning of your environment just became an automated and data-driven process, without your intervention. 

If for some reason the Commvault software cannot automatically make the necessary adjustments to meet your SLA and RPO needs, it will alert you to this concern. Plus, the Commvault software will highlight ways you can intervene to achieve the necessary outcome, such as implementing integrated storage snapshot and replication or enabling block level backups.

Backup and recovery can create a finely-tuned IT environment

This new Commvault artificial intelligence is not limited to just improving your backup and recovery performance. Patterns occur every day across your environment.  Change rate patterns are prevalent, backup workload patterns appear - and often these are a sign of a finely-tuned IT environment.  When an exception to these patterns occurs, it may mean something outside the norm is occurring within your environment.

The Commvault machine learning algorithms and AI processes will help identify patterns and, more important, identify the anomalies from file activity, change rates and even anomalies that occur in the Commvault platform’s operations - alerting you to a potential threat or issue that may put your business at risk.

Changing backup and recovery for the modern business

This is just the beginning of how Commvault and AI will change the way you think about, and execute, on backup and recovery. When you are using the Commvault platform, the more you “practice,” the better you AND your systems learn and operate.

You already back up every day. Now it’s time to also start testing your recovery readiness. Data-driven operations are far less complex, and they deliver better and faster outcomes for you and your organization. 

Combine Commvault data insights with the fresh dashboard approach we bring to assessing recovery readiness and managing your environment, then you have the perfect solution to protect and enable your business.

See, backup is cool.

Current customers can start to implement machine learning in their Commvault platform by upgrading to Commvault version 11, service pack 11, available now.  

See Commvault in action by downloading a free trial version.

 

Don Foster leads Commvault’s worldwide solutions marketing team and is a total technology enthusiast. He can often be seen speaking at industry events with customers and the analyst/press community.