Microsoft Ignite: A Modern Workplace Needs Cloud Data Management

By Penny Gralewski

At last week’s Microsoft Ignite, the keynotes all had a common thread the need for data – and cloud data management – in your modern workplace.

In the modern workplace, people are connected through applications, devices and the cloud. As they work with Microsoft Teams for voice and video, Yammer enterprise social networking, Office 365, and mobile devices, they create data. Lots of data.

Data protection becomes a bigger story. Data archiving is more in demand. Legal hold – and comprehensive discovery of specific data – becomes a bigger challenge.

IT departments now need to create systems, processes and tools that support the new modern workplace, while also keeping data secure.

Data management elevates IT’s role in the modern workplace

In a modern workplace, data drives the decisions that people need to make to help customers, patients, products, finances and strategic direction. IT has the opportunity to move from a data blocker to a data broker.

This idea of IT as a strategic part of the business, not a service center, was evident through the keynotes.

Even in the pre-event survey, Microsoft asked registrants for their opinion to the statement, “My company views IT as a strategic asset to increase our competitive advantage.”

One way IT can increase the company’s competitive advantage is through comprehensive data management practices that include data protection and the opportunity to make data available for business decisions.

Cloud Data Management helps drive the modern workplace

The Microsoft Ignite technology keynotes stressed leveraging the cloud – and how fast organizations can now move to Microsoft Azure. With new advancements in moving data, apps and workloads to diverse Azure storage locations, Microsoft and Commvault help organizations more quickly take advantage of the flexibility and security of cloud. (See: Commvault Highlights Digital Transformation Through Strong Integration to Microsoft Azure at Microsoft Ignite).

Data migration to the cloud is a great first step in achieving a modern workplace – and can quickly show benefits. Yet the recent Executive Cloud Survey from CITO Research and Commvault showed 68 percent of the survey respondents saw data volume as a barrier to moving more apps and data to the cloud.

Azure Data Migration with speed, flexibility and security

Azure data migration can be flexible and efficient. The Commvault cloud data management platform lets you securely move, manage and use your data across on-premises and cloud locations.

Uniquely, the Commvault platform automates and orchestrates moving data to the cloud, across clouds and cloud regions, and back from the cloud to a data center if your regulations require an on-premises data copy.

You can reduce IT administrative and manual tasks, saving time, effort and staffing. The Commvault platform gives you flexibility to choose to migrate data, apps and workloads on a schedule, for a point in time, or ongoing.

You can compress, dedupe and encrypt data within the single Commvault toolset. Create compact, protected data sets that save on costs and bandwidth, reducing transmission time to the cloud.

Data is encrypted by the Commvault platform before moving through any pipe, avoiding data theft during your cloud moves.

Best of all, with native integration to Azure, the Commvault platform lets you work within your Azure interface.

Stop by Microsoft Ignite expo booth 635 for demos and conversations about Azure data migration, plus hot topics like disaster recovery, ransomware, GDPR and peer trends in cloud data management.

Learn how the Commvault cloud data management platform helps you handle the shift to cloud apps and data.