Executive Viewpoint 2014 Prediction: CommVault - Software as Service Requires More Intelligent Data Retention

Paul McClure (Profile)
Thursday, January 23rd 2014

As we reflect on the lessons learned through the data boom of 2013, we anticipate that in the coming year continued data growth will force enterprise organizations to rethink how to securely capture, store and retrieve data to derive more value from it. The amount of information being created by Internet-enabled devices and an increase in the number of business-critical applications being virtualized will contribute to this growth and prompt companies to move more data into the cloud. Because of this, businesses will need to holistically manage their data and storage more intelligently.

We predict that enterprises, rather than burdening their own networks, will become increasingly more comfortable utilizing big cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Dimension Data and RackSpace (to name a few), especially when using data-intensive applications like SharePoint, Oracle or SAP. In response, providers will likely move toward offering these applications as a service as an alternative to traditional on-premises infrastructure.

Although the wheels are already in motion, the transition to putting mission-critical apps in hybrid or public clouds won’t happen overnight. This type of workload migration will likely take another four or five years to complete (dependent or organization size and / or infrastructure refresh cycle), given various complexities and industry-specific needs. For instance, financial and healthcare organizations may take the longest to make the move, given the strict security and compliance requirements they face.

In truth, some companies are still leery of storing data and running critical apps outside of their own data centers. However, many have quickly realized that the accruing cost of private and vaulted storage for unused, dormant data is straining their budgets. To address this problem, enterprises are coming around to the notion that instead keeping all of their data, they need a modern data management strategy to make better business decisions, evolve products and services and improve the user experience. They must tap into solutions that help them retain only the data they really need and defensibly delete the rest, regardless of whether the data is stored in the cloud or on premises.

Next year will be the year of applications and technology choice, and if businesses want to truly see their cloud environments succeed, integrating cloud adoption and migration with virtualization of mission critical apps and intelligent archiving will be necessary in 2014.