Data management trends and priorities this year
Mid last year, Commvault had commissioned IDC to survey 600 IT decision makers across Asia Pacific and India to better understand how they can leverage data as a strategic asset, while minimising associated costs and risks.
The IDC Asia/Pacific Next-Generation Data Management Survey, which was released in June 2015, found that organisations were concerned about increased costs and risks as a result of disparate data management.
Commvault Country Manager for Malaysia and Brunei, Freddie Soon said, “This year saw us release results of another global IDC survey conducted in late 2015. The survey captures the views of 722 Commvault customers, who reported high levels of satisfaction in terms of reduction in OPEX and CAPEX, data loss, downtime, and productivity gains, through Commvault solutions driving value back to the business.
“As companies look to manage the possible challenges presented by the global economic uncertainty expected in 2016, data will more so than ever be the competitive differentiator.”
Trends for 2016
According to Soon, the hybrid cloud will take the spotlight this year. Analysts estimate that nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments.
“Based on conversations with CIOs and business leaders, we identified some common data management priorities for 2016, such as higher recovery standards and the ability to manage all data through a single platform. The adoption of an end-to-end solution enables businesses to consolidate all data into a single, virtual repository, reducing the risk around data loss and leakage. Having a business continuity plan is also pure common sense as it arms organisations with the ability to ensure information is available quickly in the event of a failure or disaster.
Besides these, Soon also opined in order for hybrid clouds to be effective, the public and private cloud infrastructures, legacy systems, as well as data and workflows must be fully integrated.
“This means that organisations need to start with extracting insights from their data to better understand and prioritise storage management resources appropriately. While some data needs to be retained for many years, there are others that are required for just a few days, or not at all.
“Data classification enables organisations to determine which route to take – be it on-premise solutions, moving fully to the cloud, or opting for a hybrid combination of the two.”
Gartner agrees that 25 percent of organisations will have a Chief Data Officer (CDO) by 2017, with that figure increasing to 50 percent in heavily regulated industries such as banking and insurance. The CDO will become critical to the effective management and control of data, acting as the information advocate and driving the data-driven agenda at the C-level.