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Investigate how copy data management systems curb data sprawl

There are many considerations when determining which of the leading copy data management systems best fit into your organization's needs. This buyer's guide will take you through the evaluation and purchasing process.


IT organizations need to replicate and copy data for a variety of reasons besides data protection. These reasons include application development testing, data mining and analytics. But maintaining multiple copies of data can constrain storage and become an expensive organizational headache.

Organizations can use copy data management technology to help control this data sprawl. Copy data management uses only one copy of data for all of these functions, enabling organizations to consolidate this secondary storage and reduce costs. Copy management systems create and store a snapshot of the changes made in the production environment, which ensures that only one copy of the data is ever retained on physical media.

But copy data management systems are not all the same, as there are distinct product categories and implementation models. Some vendors offer physical appliances, including storage, while others sell virtual appliances either alongside the physical appliance or as the main delivery mechanism. Some products also support public cloud for running instances of the software as a cloud virtual machine.

Before investing in a copy data management system, you need to examine the features and options the various products offer and determine how they match your organization's needs. For example, although most of the products profiled here have the ability to capture data, how long are individual backups or other data retained by the platform? What are the pros and cons of the various deployment models? How do the various products integrate with data sources?

This guide will help you answer these questions so that you can compare products from the leading vendors. Using extensive research into the copy data management market, TechTarget editors focused on vendors that offer well-integrated and automated copy management systems. Our research included data from TechTarget surveys, as well as reports from other respected research firms, including Gartner.

A roundup of these copy management systems provides an in-depth look at their features and functionality. How these vendors address scalability, performance, retention, cloud support, integration, automation and security can help influence your decision of which copy data storage system to purchase.

1What is? -

The benefits of copy management systems

Copy data management offers IT organizations a way to reduce data consumption by eliminating the creation of multiple copies of data. Learn who the leading providers of copy management systems are, which vendors have stand-alone products and which vendors added this functionality to their existing products.


How copy data storage technology provides storage cost savings

Organizations create multiple copies of data for a variety of uses, including test and development and archival. But the physical overhead of keeping this data on disparate platforms can be costly. Learn how consolidating similar data can provide both cost savings and operational benefits. Continue Reading

2Do I need?-

Making the case for copy data management

You can help justify the purchase of a copy data management system by identifying how many copies of data exist across your organization and determining the hard costs of storing that data.


Determining if a copy management system is right for your organization

To determine if your organization could benefit from a copy data management product, it is helpful to first examine the data types or data sources that the organization currently uses or plans to use. Continue Reading

3How to buy-

What to look for when buying a copy management system

Before you can evaluate the various copy management products, it is important to understand what features they offer and how they match up to your needs.


Considerations for evaluating copy data storage products

This article examines the top seven considerations for selecting a copy data storage product and can help you create a list of your must-have features. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy? -

How the leading copy management systems compare

Learn how the leading copy data storage products measure up when it comes to data protection, policy-based management and operation, and data management capabilities.


Examining the features of the leading copy management systems

The leading copy data management systems -- including Actifio, Cohesity and Rubrik -- offer a wide range of functionality, including cloud support, security, integration and retention. Learn how the products compare. Continue Reading

5Product roundup -

Assessing products from the leading copy data management vendors

This in-depth overview examines how the leading copy data management products are sold, what main features they offer and how they are priced.


A roundup of the leading copy data management systems

The competing copy management systems have vastly different features and functionality. This in-depth look at each of the top products shows what makes some copy data storage systems more suitable than others for particular uses. Continue Reading

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