Data Explosion Makes Backup and Recovery a Challenge
As the amount of data that IT organizations need to manage continues to explode, the pressure on network bandwidth is becoming more intense, according to a recent Forrester Consulting survey of IT managers responsible for data protection at companies of more than 500 employees. Forrester conducted the survey on behalf of Silver Peak Systems, a provider of wide-area network (WAN) optimization software. Silver Peak CEO Rick Tinsley said this trend creates an opportunity for solution providers that have the expertise needed to deploy a WAN optimization platform as a virtual appliance, rather than trying to convince customers to deploy physical WAN optimization appliances that need to be shipped and then usually managed separately. In the age of the cloud, the most crucial area where WAN optimization is needed is in backup and recovery, which today requires customers to replicate massive amounts of data across WANs that without some optimization help are simply not up to the task. Tinley contends that as software, virtual appliances make this WAN optimization more accessible to a broader number of solution providers that should be viewing replication as a means to giving customers a more robust disaster-recovery set of capabilities.