Hot Spots: The case for unified data management platforms


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Unified approaches a reality
The emergence of unified data management platforms is well underway. Several backup vendors have developed fully integrated, multifunction products and many others are federating point solutions (mainly through acquisition and integration) by delivering unified agents, policy engines, and common services and storage repositories.

Most storage vendors are combining multiple data protection solutions in their portfolio. Better yet, several vendors offer a single, more complete, integrated product. For example, vendors such as CommVault, EMC, Hewlett-Packard and IBM offer integrated backup and archiving. BakBone Software, CA and CommVault brought backup and replication together. Implementing continuous capture as a feature of backup is available with Asigra, CommVault and Symantec. Similarly, several vendors--including Asigra, CommVault, EMC, EVault (a Seagate company), IBM and Symantec--offer data deduplication as a feature of backup.

Data management technology will continue to mature and evolve. Governance, risk and compliance mandates will continue to dictate how IT organizations deal with their data. The convergence trend going on today is contributing improvements to data protection and management. With functional solutions being tightly integrated into unified data management platforms, IT organizations are benefiting

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from better recovery objectives, less complexity and potentially lower management costs.

This was first published in December 2007

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