Cloud will be a major force in data management

by Sohini Bagchi    Jul 23, 2013

Vijayant Raica

Data management is one of the top priorities for enterprises today given that every company is looking to manage and secure the enormous amount of data that is generated. Vijayant Rai, Director Sales, India & SAARC, Data Management, CA Technologies discusses the various challenges in the data management process and how companies can leverage the right solutions and platforms to tackle the exponential data growth. Excerpt.

What according to you are the challenges associated with the huge data growth today?

Data is going through phenomenal changes in recent times. The very nature of data, its volume, variety and velocity of growth, the way it’s stored and used by businesses is changing considerably. Managing this exponential data, which we often tout as Big Data - is the primary challenge. Secondly, managing the data stored in different locations today has also made the data management process very complex. Thirdly, availability of data in real time is another concern for today’s enterprise. Finally, emerging technologies such as Virtualization and cloud are acting as catalysts in data management. By transforming how storage functions - accessible in a cloud computing environment with virtualized components - companies and even individuals can now add as much storage space as they need, pretty much on demand. The increase in data complexity and the various shifts are not only creating challenges but also interesting opportunities for both vendors and customers. 

You said businesses are struggling with the challenge of increased speed, volume, and variety of data that Big Data brings to the table. So what would be your advice to them?

While discussing velocity, volume and variety, enterprises often forget about the other V that’s value. businesses across industries have to not only store the data but also leverage it quickly and effectively to derive business value from that data. So the most important advice to CIOs and thought leaders in the enterprise is that they should first understand what value the data can bring to business and then apply technology skills to manage the data. Although big data as the term suggests is here to stay and will continue to grow big, businesses should not get knocked off by the term alone. Instead they should go back to the basics of technology and business and implement solution to constructively tackle the data growth so as to get a greater ROI.

With technologies like Flash and in-memory emerging, how do you perceive data management going forward?

Flash and in-memory computing are fast becoming mainstream and emerge as alternatives to disks. These technologies are poised to have a dramatic impact on IT driven by growing data requirements and need to make real-time business decisions. It is therefore imperative to incorporate them seamlessly into the enterprise. At the same time, cloud and virtualization also have a lot of growth potential and as these technologies continue to grow, data management will have to support these environments. We have been constantly experimenting with new technologies to simplify, manage, store and secure the data management process for enterprises.

You have recently announced CA ARCserve D2D for Linux and also claimed it complements this D2D for Microsoft Windows. Please tell us more about your focus on Linux and how would enterprises benefit from this initiative?

What we noticed was that long periods of downtime or data loss can have a devastating impact on businesses who are already struggling to keep up with their complex IT environment. The CA ARCserve D2D for Linux has been designed helps organizations protect the integrity and availability of critical systems, applications and data within their shrinking backup windows. As we work with both Windows and Linux environments with our enterprise customers, we thought it was important to have a Linux offering as well will certainly give us an edge over our competitors. The new platform agonistic solution is aimed at both large enterprises and SMBs who are looking to increase the speed and agility while managing their datasets.

What will the storage industry look forward to in the coming months?

Cloud will be a major force to watch for when you look at data management. With the emergence of cloud computing in networking infrastructure, more and more content is stored in virtualized, interconnected storage devices. This will make it possible to access huge files online in much lesser time as well as make storage more affordable, efficient and easier to manage. At the same time, more enterprises will turn to the flexibility of converged infrastructure models to enable rapid innovation. An important trend to watch is the convergence of on-premises and cloud storage, whereby CIOs will no longer need to compromise between resiliency, security and availability of  on-premises implementation and the scalability and performance of cloud services. At CA Technologies, we are constantly realigning our products and licensing at a rapid pace to catch up with the latest storage and data management trends.