Who should read this paper
• Directors of IT and IT Managers
• Backup Administrations and Architects
IT organizations are at a crossroads. On one hand, IT organizations are tasked with managing and supporting the current environment; ensuring the day-to-day operation is efficient and cost-effective. In other words, keeping the lights on.
On the other hand, organizations need to prepare and develop new technologies to support the business. What are the new initiatives and applications that will increase sales or offer the business a competitive advantage? IT must invest both staff and resources in these new endeavors and often without increasing their budget.
This dilemma is not new, “Most IT organizations have 70 percent or more of their time, money and mindshare locked into reliability, keeping things going,” said Tina Nunno, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “Yet demands for game changing IT capabilities are growing every year. IT leaders must transform their businesses, products, services, and value proposition to the external customer, and challenge traditional ways of thinking.”
What is new is the pace of change. IT organizations have less time today than ever before, and will have even less time in the future. Organizations need to re-evaluate how they are “keeping the lights on” in order to free up the staff and funds to invest in the new. With up to 70 percent of resources tied up, it is natural to question if staff and resources can be reduced and invested elsewhere.
One solution within IT has been the adoption of appliances. An appliance integrates multiple separate components into a single device to streamline its management, operation, and support. Within backup and recovery, purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) are growing three times faster than software-only–based solutions. As highlighted by IDC, organizations are realizing the value of the appliance form factor.
Experienced IT professionals know how difficult it can be to deploy, manage, and support backup systems. Not only do backup servers and storage require their own care and feeding, but backups interact with nearly every server, storage, and network component in the data center.
NetBackup addresses these burdens and offers a fully integrated, turnkey appliance that combines NetBackup Software with a server and storage. Built on the strength of NetBackup Software, NetBackup enterprise-class appliances continue to lead the integrated PBBA market.
“… demands for game changing IT capabilities are growing every year. IT leaders must transform their businesses, products, services, and value proposition to the external customer, and challenge traditional ways of thinking.”
– Tina Nunno, Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst