Steve Duplessie at Enterprise Strategy Group recently posted a video blog entitled “The Future of Single Platform Backup Tools.” As is Steve’s way, he doesn’t mince words and he makes big statements. It’s definitely worth the five minutes it takes to watch. Here I’m going to pull two quotes and comment on them, but check out the whole thing to get the full context.
Steve D: Data growth causes all of our problems. It eventually breaks every single process, procedure and product that you have on your floor.
Leave it to Steve to lay it on the line. Data growth changes everything, and perhaps backup and recovery most of all. I recently posted some video thoughts of my own on this, which you can see here.
Steve D (talking about purpose-built backup tools for VMs): People want another vendor in their shop like they want a hole in their head.
Classic Steve! He makes the point that users were driven to purpose-built, VM-only backup tools at first because the conventional backup vendors (you know the names) failed miserably out of the gate on VM backup. At Syncsort, we were VM friendly before anybody even had VMs, because from the start our NetApp Syncsort Integrated Backup solution focused on reducing backup impact and dramatically limiting the amount of data that gets backed up. That’s the problem with VM backup: too much backup impact, not enough free system resources. Syncsort solved that problem back in 2005 when it first integrated its block-level backup with NetApp storage as a backup target (supports any primary storage, by the way).
I wrote more about this a year ago, ironically in another blog post inspired by Steve D. (Ok, I admit it, I just read what Steve says and piggy back!)
Steve goes on to make the point that organizations are looking for data protection solutions that deliver everything they need. I couldn’t agree more, and we’re finding users responding to our NSB solution because we bring it all to the table: support for physical and virtual machines; application integration; backup to disk with built-in support for tape; integrated disaster recovery and ROBO support. It’s all in there, as they say.
P.S. – Steve has one of the best (and funniest) Twitter feeds in the biz. Follow him @stevedupe.