Mozy’s Crystal Ball

The future of cloud data protectionEach year, our boffins at Mozy put their sizable brains together to make some predictions about what the future holds for cloud data protection.  This year’s predictions feature everything from phablets to trust.

Businesses adopt people-centric approach to backup

Traditionally, businesses have looked to back up specific app data or devices but many of them are reconsidering their approach and putting data owners at the heart of the equation.  As knowledge workers increasingly want to access their data across multiple devices, protecting and restoring data is less about being able to take the data from one specific drive and restoring it to another and more about protecting all the data associated with an employee across devices and enabling them to restore it where they need it.

 

Phablets and hybrid tablet-laptops present new challenges

Just as businesses are getting on top of protecting the data that moves between laptops, tablets and smartphones, a new challenge comes along as more primary copies of data are generated in mobile applications on next-generation devices.  Endpoint backup will increasingly include requirements to protect devices that never see a corporate network.

 

Cloud sentiment ceases to inform cloud adoption

Polls suggest that large numbers of people remain skeptical about putting data in the cloud, yet adoption of cloud services continues to rocket.  We expect this trend to continue as increasing numbers realise that they need to get over their preconceptions about the cloud if they want to see the benefits it can bring.  Just as someone might feel uncomfortable with the idea of flying but still boards a plane in order to enjoy a holiday or visit loved ones, we are witnessing more and more organisations realise that the perceived risks of using the cloud are often unfounded and pale in comparison to the benefits.  Organisations that take their first steps on the path to the cloud often quickly move from deploying just one application to implementing many others.  The objections don’t vanish but they’re put in context and pragmatism prevails.

 

More VARs transform from backup resellers to cloud aggregators

Resellers who have made their first entry into the cloud market are broadening their horizons with wider portfolios of cloud services.  Developments in management solutions are empowering resellers with tools that allow them to monitor multiple cloud services from a single pane of glass.  This lightens the burden of management and means that resellers can stay on top of a package of solutions that they can offer to their end-user customers.  This all adds up to bigger sales and more margin.

 

Hybrid backup entrenches and evolves

In 2013, we saw growing numbers of businesses realize that their data protection strategy should include both public and private cloud solutions.  We expect this methodology to become entrenched through 2014.  We also see hybrid backup evolving so that the decision of what data is moved to the cloud is made using more intelligent criteria than simply ascertaining which device it’s primary copy is stored on.  Data on endpoints will be prioritised and sent to the most appropriate targets, whether that be flash, discs or the cloud.  Hybrid approaches to storage will also include hybrid devices and we expect to see more businesses backing up to private clouds