"Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others."
- Otto von Bismarck
This year I expect to meet a lot of learned fools. IT managers face the bruising lessons of new rollouts as new operating systems, hypervisors and applications come to market. Bismarck's wait-and-watch alternative means a competitive disadvantage for your company and fading relevance in your job skills.
Backup Exec is one answer to this dilemma, and today the Info-Tech Research Group endorsed it further by placing Symantec in the leading position of their Champion quadrant. We've long heard from customers that a single platform for backup and recovery is far more comforting than several niche specialist tools. Physical and virtual, tape and disk, hypervisor vendor A and vendor B, application v1 or application v2 - BE 2012 handles it all so you can't get high-centered by a mistake.
Info-Tech's summary of the challenge is summed up in this quote from the report.
Currently more than 35% of organizations manage two or more backup solutions. However, most organizations are not 100% virtualized and more than half (52%) are still using tape. Over 50% of organizations manage more than one hypervisor in their virtual environment, making it critical to understand what vendors support.
As Bismarck implied, smart IT managers watch their colleagues experience to avoid the pain. Backup Exec protects more Windows environments than anyone else on the planet. Why risk this year's infrastructure migrations on a fragmented cluster of point products?
Info-Tech Research Group Research Document Vendor Landscape, Virtual Backup Software, 2013