Data Protection 2015–2025: A Fundamental Strategic Transformation
This IDC study examines the technology dynamics driving changes to storage architectures and data protection strategies.
"IDC expects VM purpose-built storage and object storage can yield significant advantages to organizations. We believe that SAN/NAS will become legacy architectures within 5-10 years due to the ubiquity of virtual computing and purpose-built storage's ability to better address VM dynamism. In terms of data protection, specifically, these newer technologies could automate several aspects of data protection, including remote replication and backup/recovery. No technology, no matter how good, can substitute for planning or processes. IT organizations should begin examination of these technologies for adoption by beginning with knowing their cost of downtime, downtime event risks, and service-level requirements. Matching risks with mitigating technologies can ensure that there are no gaps in the data protection strategy at the least possible cost," says Phil Goodwin, research director, Storage Systems and Software at IDC.