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Recent Trends in Data Protection Technology

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Modern data protection technology aims to keep up with the growing needs and challenges of today’s information-driven corporate world. Those companies that specialize in these technologies and services must accommodate corporate information growth and increasing demands for high levels of service and convenience. Current data protection technologies include backup and recovery software, data replication software, and disk or tape storage systems used for secondary data storage. Here are some of the recent trends in data protection technology and what they mean for you and your business.

  • Dealing with data growth: As data storage demands continue to increase for the average business, data protection technology is focusing more and more on optimization of archiving and storage space. Many approaches are being taken here, from managing primary and secondary storage systems to a completely alternative route to traditional backups that combines snapshots (where copies of changing data are made on a regular basis) and file-level replication over a communications pipe.
  • Continued focus on disk-based backup: Backup systems that use disks rather than magnetic tapes and other removable storage drives continue to make inroads, while these other more traditional methods are being relegated to the back burner. Over the past couple of years, this shift has been bolstered by falling costs and the emergence of technologies (like incremental backups, active archiving, and de-duplication) that render disk backup systems more convenient and much more affordable.
  • Larger emphasis on de-duplication: This trend goes hand in hand with data growth issues, as this technology essentially eliminates redundant data in a storage system. In essence, any duplicate data is automatically deleted, resulting in the storage of only one copy, greatly reducing the amount of storage space required.
  • A greater focus on desktops and laptops: While the primary focus remains set upon large servers and network systems, there is increasing interest in creating adequate data protection technology for these endpoint devices. In recent years, there have emerged several data protection solutions involving both backup and recovery functions.
  • The issue of compliance: The past decades have seen a marked rise in compliance mandates that protect consumers, both in terms of privacy and data protection. This along with other current developments such as the digitizing of health records is driving the technology market to develop products that better monitor a business’s level of compliance, thereby reducing the risk of unsafe and potential illegal business activities.

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