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June 2018, Vol. 17, No. 4

What's new with data protection systems? Everything

How did buying backup hardware get interesting again in this age of software-defined storage and the cloud? Actually, it's the software and the cloud that made data protection systems more interesting than they have been in years. The hardware hasn't changed much since the early 2000s, when disk supplanted tape as the mainstream backup medium. Even the rise of flash in primary storage hasn't changed the hard disk's role in data protection systems. But the game has changed for buying data protection systems, including the role of the hardware. Led by newcomers Cohesity and Rubrik, the targeted uses have expanded. Backup is now just a piece of secondary storage management, and the target includes the cloud as well as an on-premises disk appliance or library. There's a good chance your next backup hardware will come with backup software integrated instead of sold separately. That alone changes the buying dynamic. It may simplify the buying and integration processes, but it complicates the decision-making. How we got here Rubrik (...

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