Five Predictions for Enterprise Mobility this Year

The enterprise mobility space is a fast-moving market. Probably faster than any other we have seen before in the technology industry. Over the last two to three years it has really heated up: As the Apple iPad was introduced, we’ve had a strong battle between Apple and Android versions, and more recently the introduction of the Microsoft mobility products. The year 2013 will certainly bring even more exciting developments.

Here are five things that we expect to see this year:

The Year of Software-Defined Storage

2013 is, according to many, the year of software-defined storage.  Let’s discuss what is new and different about it this year.

The words “software defined” are used in many ways: They are applied to networks, storage and data centers. Hardware-defined objects are just as the word implies: Hard. Once wired and set up, they stay that way. But today’s environments crave the flexibility of a less static environment. Software definition allows reconfiguration with software rather than actually moving of cables and boxes. Actually, we are using software to define an abstraction layer.

Is There Ever a “Right” Time for an Outage?

Like many of you, I regularly read the tech press. And one thing that always interests me is outages. Being a Fellow here at Acronis, I am especially interested in outages that could have either easily been avoided or remediated rapidly. Most people in the tech industry were aware of the recent Amazon outage. But I was much more interested in the 18-minute Google Mail outage that happened two weeks before Christmas. To make a long story short, Google rolled out a routine load balancer update. There are fail safes and monitors, but stuff happens and the sequence was: 0845PT apply the patch, 0906 see the problem, 0913 revert the update, 0916 all back to normal. 

When I think about backing up data, I don’t think about the features of a particular product. Instead, I think about the problem I am trying to solve and the right solution to do the job. When thinking about backups and eliminating a single point of failure, or creating a ‘Plan B’ disaster recovery location, the cloud comes to mind as the solution. 

Cloud is a broad term, so I will dive into the problem I am trying to solve:

The problem: I need a second location for my backups to know that if anything happens, I can go to an off-site location to recover my data. I know that I want to use a destination in the cloud for such storage. At the same time, I don’t want to invest money in a new location and I certainly don’t want to have the conversation with my CFO on CAPEX budget. So I look for a solution to add off-site backup to my existing strategy. 

But the problem continues: I know my primary solution needs to give me the ability to do three things:

Five Changes in Backup and Recovery You'll See Happen this Year

Thanks to all the beautiful minds, a revolution in IT happens about once in every decade, leading to a major shift in nearly every area, including backup and recovery. Old and once mighty kings go away and dinosaurs die as they can no longer adapt to new conditions. We’re lucky to live in a time when so many breakthrough changes are happening at once: from explosive growth of Internet bandwidth and storage capacities, to global adoption of mobile devices, virtualization and cloud. In 2013 we will finally start to see huge effects of this mix. 

Here are five changes in backup and recovery you’ll see happen this year:

Storage Challenges: Why Prices Have to Drop this Year

Storage has been one of the major IT topics for some time, and this is not likely to change in 2013. Why? Because storage demand keeps rapidly expanding and requirements are growing along multiple dimensions.

One reason is the content explosion. Just think about pictures and songs and tweets being shared and then re-shared, viewed and downloaded, and downloads being logged and analyzed. The sheer number of transactions triggered by each of these events is astounding. Driven by the proliferation of data-intensive technology across all aspects of IT, from consumer to business to industrial and government use cases, the demand for net storage capacity is bound to keep growing.

Gone are the days when tape backups kept IT sleeping soundly. In a new survey from Acronis, conducted by Redmond Magazine75 percent of organizations experienced tape failure in the last year – an unacceptable rate, calling out the dangers of a single point of failure. One form of backup, whether physical or virtual, isn’t enough to guarantee uptime and business continuity. That explains why 59 percent of survey respondents are looking for ways to eliminate this single point of failure, with many looking to off-site cloud solutions for more secure data protection.

Kick-start the New Year with Acronis! Join our team of thought leaders and executives for the State of the Channel webinar to gain exclusive, first-hand insight into our vision and strategy – and new opportunities – for the coming year.

The webinar will cover key ways to grow your business with Acronis in 2013, including:

  • Core elements of Acronis’ 2013 strategy
  • How Acronis has changed direction to address the changing landscape of IT
  • The new Acronis and Solarwinds virtual bundle
  • Latest developments of the Acronis Partner Program

What: Acronis’ State of the Channel Webinar

When: Thursday, January 10th at 11:00 a.m. EST

Who: Alex Pinchev, President and CEO
Scott Crenshaw, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Marketing Officer
Blaine Raddon, General Manager, Americas
Kim Stevens, Director of Channel Sales, United States

2013: The Year IT Becomes as Invisible as the Internet

How often do you hear someone say, “I’m on the Internet”? Probably not as often in recent years, as the Internet has evolved to become such an essential part of our daily lives that we take it for granted.

Next week, as the record numbers of iPads purchased this holiday season are finally unwrapped, millions will be pondering the countless ways to use their shiny new devices. They may pause to think about the iPad’s workplace advantages, but IT managers have already been thinking about (and fretting over) the huge flood of personal devices logging onto corporate networks and accessing sensitive company data on January 2nd. The prospect of a “BYOD IT Cliff” has never been greater.