According to a recent study by Gartner, “by the end of 2016, 40% of large enterprises, up from 20% at year-end 2012, will have eliminated tape for operational recovery.” While tape backup is still being used in combination with other traditional backup solutions, companies are increasingly aware of the fact that some change is needed. But what is driving this movement toward switching from backup to other solutions? The following five items might seem familiar to most companies:

The Five Reasons Traditional Backup Doesn’t Work:

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  1. Costs – data growth is a reality at most companies. The more data employees create, the more data you have to backup. Other reasons companies see rising backup costs are annual maintenance fees, having to add protection for remote offices, and more time the IT staff has to spend maintaining and verifying backups.
  2. Capability – backup does not provide sufficient protection. With IT environments becoming increasingly complex – with virtualization, different operating systems, and applications – traditional backup is lacking in functionality and in protection options. For example, companies are realizing that in the case of a disaster, the restore does not happen quickly enough and it cannot protect all of your data types or locations.
  3. Complexity – traditional backup vendors have been trying to fill gaps in protection by adding new features or integrating with other products, which adds complexity. Just look at most user interfaces and also at how much time most IT professionals have to spend monitoring and verifying backups. Does your solution take too much effort, man power and expertise to get up and running? People are looking for increasingly simple, yet powerful tools to help them keep their business running.
  4. Completeness – if your backup vendor has a product created two decades ago and is simply adding on top of that layer of obsolete code, how can you rely on them to keep up with advances in technology? Companies are realizing that legacy players can’t innovate and are looking for those who can keep up with their IT systems.
  5. Customer Support – the very nature of traditional backup points toward problems in the support side as well. Companies are increasingly frustrated with long on-hold wait times, multiple escalations, and unresolved issues when it comes to their backup products. Having to deal with multiple vendors also adds to the problem as finger-pointing becomes rampart.

“Between 2012 and 2016, one-third of organizations will change backup vendors due to frustration over cost, complexity or capability.” – Gartner, Best Practices for Repairing the Broken State of Backup

All hope is not lost!

blog2 Imagine if your solution was built from the ground up and offered you 100% protection. Imagine if you had an integrated and easy-to-use solution that eliminated data loss and prevented your IT infrastructure from ever going down. Imagine eliminating those late night shifts of recovering your CEO’s data, or because the office power went out and your servers are down. Now, picture yourself sitting on the beach, relaxing in the warm sun. You get an alert on your phone – a server has crashed and your employees are in a panic. Do you cut the vacation short, and come home? No! With just one click from your phone, within minutes, your employees are back up and working. Headache gone. Does this sound too good to be true? Your solution should be able to provide you with this sort of comfort and support. Look for a solution that provides:

  • All inclusive pricing – no extra charges for needing to do disaster recovery tests or for having virtual servers.
  • Cloud-based recovery support – cloud-based options for recovery and server virtualization allows you to continue working even if local systems and servers are down.
  • Proprietary software – a vendor that owns its own software and has the flexibility to make innovations or changes needed to fit the market and customer needs.
  • Simplicity – a simple user interface. You should be able to easily identify new devices to be protected, verify their status and receive alerts. You don’t need to stitch together multiple solutions with multiple logins. Find a single solution that provides end-to-end protection.

For more information, take a peek at how Axcient handles data protection.