We've received a number of questions from the Wikibon community, including:
- How will data protection evolve toward data assurance?
- What is the impact of virtualization on data protection?
- How will cloud computing impact backup and data protection?
- What's driving the move from tape-based to disk-based backup?
- What's the future of disk-based backup?
- What's the future of backup software?
- How will data restoration evolve to support application recovery?
- How will backup and replication technologies converge to support disaster recovery?
- What is the future of backup and data protection management?
- Is tape still a viable medium?
Data Assurance 2010: The Future of Data Protection
Here's the premise:
Backup is broken and dead as we know it. True data assurance requires real time data fluidity where the 'data' of record is determined by binding the machine state (what's in DRAM, cache, registers, security settings, etc) and the persistent data state (which today resides on disk). This 'new data' will move seamlessly throughout the enterprise and as it moves there are opportunities to inject metadata to perform:
- Data reduction
- Data dispersal
- Data protection
- Data archiving
- Data mining
In this new reality, recovery is accomplished by tapping the data flow at the right point and moving the new data to where it's required.