ESG has historically referred to “data protection” as a spectrum of activities that include backup, snapshots, and replication, as shown here:
It would be easy to assume that because the Veritas name has been around for more than 20 years, its products are all legacy and no longer suitable to modern data centers or IT scenarios; you would be wrong. Veritas is “back” after its divestiture from Symantec—with a laser focus on data management that very effectively narrates a comprehensive portfolio to its customers and partners.
Think about it. If I’m an IT Operations team member:
- I provision new servers (usually VMs), but some physical and some cloud-based.
- I patch and maintain those servers.
- I provide or rescind access to the applications on those servers.
- I monitor those servers for performance and uptime.
- And when those servers go down, I am the first one who gets called.
During VMworld US, I had the chance to visit with my colleague Terri McClure, who covers HyperConverged and Converged Infrastructure (HCI). Many HCI offerings boast “built-in” data protection capabilities, which prompted her and I to talk about the broader strategies of data protection within these all-in-one solution stacks. In fact, “Integrated Data Protection” was on the top of the list for many IT professionals who are considering HCI solutions.
Is there a place for third-party backup when everything else is within one stack? YES!!!
VMworld is still “the place to be” for discussing data center modernization—and that means that there were several data protection vendors in attendance, each with something to say.
But what was most interesting is the general shift in VMware’s tone from a hypervisor or data center-centric vision to a cloud-first vision, particularly with its announcements around running VMware on AWS. As ESG often states, “When you modernize production, you must modernize protection”—because changes to production infrastructure (physical, virtual, or cloud-powered) will often require changes in data protect strategy and tools.