Backup products have always sought to differentiate themselves by offering specific features that met different organizational needs. But at the end of the day, backup products primarily had to account for protecting the data that organizations had with these products placing a lower priority on recovery and cloud connectivity. Those days are largely over with all backup products (save a few) having transformed to offer cloud data protection with many of them providing a variety of cloud recovery options.
Ever since I got my first job in IT in the mid-1990’s, everyone has used a cloud in some form. Whether they referred to it as outsourcing, virtualization, central IT, or in some other way, the cloud existed and grew but it did little to stem the adoption of distributed computing. Yet at some point over the past few years, the parallel growth of these two technologies stopped and the cloud forged ahead. This shift indicates that companies have now fully embraced the cloud but remain unclear about how best and how soon to transition their IT infrastructure to the cloud and then manage it once it is there.
The business case for organizations with petabytes of file data under management to classify and then place it across multiple tiers of storage has never been greater. By distributing this data across disk, flash, tape and the cloud, they stand to realize significant cost savings. The catch is finding a cost-effective solution that makes it easier to administer and manage file data than simply storing it all on flash storage. This is where a solution such as what Quantum now offers come into play.
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The DCIG Competitive Intelligence Platform enables any organization to ask and answer the proper questions about any product in a particular technology sector and then objectively arrive at the most appropriate buying decision for its needs. The DCIG Competitive Intelligence Platform includes common technology questions that should be asked and the answers to them. It also includes the flexibility to:
- Introduce new questions and/or answers
- Score the answers to each question in a manner relevant to your environment
- Create separate surveys for each product evaluates
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The DCIG Competitive Intelligence Portal includes the following:
- Pre-existing product research in the form of previously published PDF versions of the DCIG Buyer’s Guides
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