Myth 3: Upgrading to a New Data Protection Solution is Painful and Expensive
In part three of our series on data protection myths, I thought we could take a look at the dreaded upgrade. Upgrading your data protection software is generally perceived as a painful process among the IT crowd. At the same time, that crowd is seeing the need to upgrade. Gartner research from July 2008 proved this. In a survey of 70 IT managers, 66% of respondents said they were planning major redesigns of backup and recovery systems within 12 months, according to analyst Alan Dayley. That is a lot of frustrated IT managers.
Fortunately, we think this is yet another data protection myth. While the process might seem daunting, in actuality, upgrading to the right solution will eliminate headaches in the long run. Today's data protection technology will save time and money. IT professionals are beginning to realize that outdated backup software can't handle the RTO and RPO demands of today, as well as the ever increasing amounts of data that exist in the typical organization.
What users might not realize is that newer data protection technologies leverage lifecycle management technology for the data protection infrastructure itself, which makes it much easier for IT administrators to upgrade old versions from years ago to the latest solutions. With the right infrastructure management tools, an overhaul might not be as painful as users think.
While some IT organizations prefer to keep old versions of their backup and recovery solutions, upgrading can provide significant benefits by using newer technology that will ultimately save them time and money. Also, big vendors usually have solutions optimized for a specific market segment and priced accordingly, so SMBs can reap similar benefits to an enterprise at a price point more specific to an SMB size. Customers who may be using a very old version of a product are frequently faced with the unpleasant scenario of how to get from "A" to "E." Innovative data protection solutions can virtually eliminate the pain of a very manual process. Imagine all the man-hours that could be recaptured if the process of automating the patching and upgrading of a data protection infrastructure were streamlined.
We'll be back tomorrow with Myth #4 about granular level recovery.