If you were building a police department from the ground up, where would you begin? Where do you go to stock up on holsters, handcuffs, badges, flashlights, guns, dispatch centers, in-car computers, police cars and the myriad other gear required by modern law enforcement? A good place to start is the Police Security Expo, held this year in Atlantic City. It’s like a superstore for police. And Quantum was there, because police departments increasingly need to include storage on their shopping list. This was my chance to check out the latest on-body cameras that have been in the news so much lately. Think of something about the size of a GoPro, but even more heavy duty, and sophisticated enough to actually begin recording 10 seconds before you press Record. The vendors selling these cameras typically had a good crowd of officers being educated on what it’s like to live with them on a daily basis, and the question of storage always came up. It’s a good thing, because law enforcement agencies are routinely generating over 1PB of data a year.
As ubiquitous as the cloud is today, it has taken time to get there. Even in enterprise IT, you wouldn’t characterize the adoption of cloud services as universal and all-encompassing. Functions that seem obvious and mundane like cloud-based IT storage backup and cloud-based virtualized software development went through periods of careful ROI analysis. So it is with cloud for media and entertainment. If you feel like you’re behind the curve in leveraging cloud in your M&E operations, you’re not alone and it comes down to two factors: ecosystem and workflow.
As the volume of data has increased, there has been a shift in the way that companies use and access that data. That means it’s time to change the way you think about data protection, retention, and accessibility. Organizations of all sizes recognize that data can help gain competitive advantages and even support new revenue streams, but this is placing a demand on IT to store and preserve access to that data. Companies need new solutions and technologies to support unpredictable, on-demand access and incorporate new approaches to backup and archiving. It’s time to reTHINK Backup & Archive.
IT departments today are rapidly deploying virtualization technologies – in fact, Gartner reports that server virtualization is already over 60% penetrated and projects the market will be over 80% penetrated by 2016. With this rapid rise in virtualization deployment, customers are challenged to incorporate data protection and archive methodologies for their virtualized data. ESG recently indicated that 60% of virtualization technology users are planning to address challenges associated with data protection for their virtualized data as a top priority for 2013, an astonishing number. There are certainly lots of options available to protect traditional data, but virtualized data is a different beast. Another Gartner report identifies that over 1/3 of organizations will change backup vendors due to factors including cost, complexity, or capability. Based on what I’ve heard talking with customers, I would add one more factor: compatibility. In this article we will explore all four of these areas and suggest ways to overcome the challenges associated with virtualized data protection.
A few weeks ago I wrote about moderating a discussion with IT execs on maximizing data’s value. One of the things that had struck me was the issue of risk vs. reward, specifically the tension between cost and security concerns (risk) that arise from storing and sharing more and more data and the benefits from unlocking the value of data (reward). Today I wanted to expand on this. Risk vs. reward certainly isn’t a new issue for IT, which has been wrestling with it in one way or another for decades. What’s different now is that the opportunities to leverage data strategically and the potential rewards from doing so are significantly greater.