So, what does a data protection wake-up call sound like?
Picking up from my previous post on trends like Bimodal IT, I want to focus on organizations that move slowly and take a long time to adapt to trends in IT. Even among digital businesses (in other words, almost every business in the 21st century), some organizations react more slowly to IT trends simply because they can afford to.
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Not every business wants to be the next Uber or Snapchat or Frogbox (check them out if you have to move kids into or out of a dorm). If you run IT in a lower-paced organization, the data protection wake-up call is not so loud and relentless as in a fast-moving company. You hear it, realize that your backups are safe, hit the Snooze button and drift off for a little while longer before you really need to get moving.
Still, even if you’re more accustomed to treading water than to swimming upstream, IT trends in data protection will find you eventually. They serve to remind you that there are always new kinds of data to protect and new ways to protect it.
What do you do when the software you’ve used and relied on for ages reaches end of life? You retire it, of course, because if you don’t, you run unnecessary security risks.
Take Windows Server 2003, for example. It had a very long life in a lot of data centers because it ran a variety of services so reliably. Microsoft EOLed it in 2015. Maybe you’re one of the holdouts who didn’t upgrade until support stopped. Maybe you’re still running it on four-year-old hardware not connected to the Internet. Good for you.
But if you built your data protection around Windows Server 2003 and other old products, that’s an indicator that your protection is outdated. What worked well for all those years won’t even come close to working well for the rest of your environment now.
Your data protection wake-up call: What has been EOLed? How have you been protecting it all this time? What was adequate data protection then, and what’s adequate now?
That’s related to another trend in companies where IT evolves slowly: maintaining the status quo. “Things being what they are, everything is going as well as possible,” goes the French saying.
Quest’s biggest competitor in data protection is the status quo. A lot of the people we talk to – including long-time customers who are very happy with Dell products – understand the importance of data recovery and high availability. But until they face a dire need to think differently about backup, they’d rather continue pumping money into extended support on the same products they’ve used for ages.
By embracing the status quo, they’re adding more layers to the encrusted infrastructure in their environment. They’re a long way from meeting their protection needs, but it’s been so long since they looked at their environment that they don’t realize it.
So even if your approach to IT is more like treading water than shooting the rapids, you’ll still be subject to IT trends and you’ll always need adequate data protection.
Every growing company makes changes in the way it produces goods and provides services. Those changes in production require changes in data protection, so we’ve put together a new white paper, “When You Make Changes in Production, Don’t Forget to Make Changes in Data Protection” around that fact of business life. Whatever the pace of growth in your IT environment, you’ll find ideas in the paper to help you hear the data protection wake-up call more clearly.