Data Backup Systems Supplement Wares With Management Features

With data so important to companies, backup vendors are seeking to provide a better window into its overall lifecycle, including such elements as compliance and analytics.

For decades, the backup market has focused almost exclusively on protecting data by creating redundant copies.

Although this remains the primary function of data backup systems, vendors are increasingly incorporating new tools into their wares. Recently, for example, some backup vendors have been adding data management features to their products.

Although the concept of data management is still somewhat ambiguous, it generally refers to the various processes that occur over the data’s lifetime. This might include tasks such as creating, storing, validating, analyzing and protecting the data.

While the integration of management features into data backup systems might at first seem like an odd combination, doing so can be beneficial. After all, a company’s backups may be the one place where all its data is brought together. As such, backups can be thought of as something of a “big data repository” that can be analyzed for the purpose of deriving business value.

Three options for your data management

Druva is one vendor that has integrated data management functionality into its data protection initiatives. The vendor has created Druva Cloud Platform, which delivers data protection and data management as a service. The platform brings together cloud data sources — IaaS, PaaS and SaaS — and local data sources. It also provides three key services for that data: data protection (backup and disaster recovery), data governance (compliance, e-discovery and data archiving) and data intelligence (search and analysis).

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