EMC talks future of data protection
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EMC talks future of data protection

Many organizations are concerned about how they can maintain flexibility and open communication within their systems while still providing enterprise-level security for their assets. This topic has been increasingly discussed in the last year, as more entities shift toward the cloud and virtualization solutions, but still find themselves vulnerable places within their data structures.

The best in show
EMC recently took home first place in the V3 Awards, an annual celebration of the best in technology. The company was lauded as the top backup and recovery developer for 2012, and with such an auspicious title, many may turn to the provider for advice and guidance on how to proceed with increasing corporate safety without hindering performance.

According to V3, EMC's dedication to the recent release of a variety of comprehensive security solutions that cater to businesses of all sizes helped the company secure the win. This year saw many new releases from EMC, many of which outstripped its competitors in terms of speed and capacity, making its options more favorable to high-end customers.

The company has also been working closely with some of its competitors, V3 noted, including VMware. The source wrote that 2012 saw EMC's Avamar backup and recovery suite coupled with VMware's vSphere release, another step toward streamlined operations through reduction of hardware and software deployments, which also helps tighten security.

Simplicity and ease of use are always desirable aspects in corporate technology, especially when paired with tools projected to be major drivers of corporate IT. An ExaGrid forecast showed that hard disk solutions and solid-state options, like VMware's vSphere, will be at the forefront of corporate needs in the new year.

Protection moving forward
In light of ongoing security threats and a growing desire for on-demand recovery solutions, RealWire reported that ExaGrid's 2013 forecast called for higher adoption of physical information assets while some back away from the cloud. Though this digital storage and communication tool will remain a primary asset to many organizations, the need to back up and protect the data created and shared therein will fall increasingly to hard disk drive solutions. The source noted that IDC has predicted that sales of such devices will likely reach $3 billion by the end of 2013, with companies of all sizes competing to get their hands on the best hardware protection.

This agrees with Virtualization Review, which stated that backup appliance sales will be a leading focus of IT departments over the course of the coming year. Apart from just the security concern of outside eyes viewing files they shouldn't, there is also concern about the mounting impact of big data on corporate servers and storage facilities as a whole.

Hard disk tools can be scaled similarly to tape, but provide faster read and write times than older hardware, making them ideal for modern backup utilities. While tapes may still remain a staple of deep archiving, hard disks are projected to service those who need fast turnover and responsiveness when recovering from an outage or disaster.

V3 wrote that deduplication and lighter, faster flash-based memory that will help expedite storage and recovery capabilities. The only limitation EMC sees going forward could be economic restrictions, because as the United States sees improvement throughout its markets, other parts of the world continue to struggle with recessions and other negative indicators. Protection guidelines will need to be even stricter, as companies won't know if they can trust the businesses with which they are communicating and sharing data.