Commvault: Three ways to automate your data protection strategy

In your day-to-day work, do you choose manual processes or automation? Today, most IT leaders are looking to automation to bring new ways of managing data to the enterprise to better serve customers, accelerate product innovation, and generate higher profits for the enterprise.

So, how do you introduce automation into an enterprise data protection strategy? Here are three ways to introduce automation in enterprise data protection strategies through Commvault customer stories and industry research.

1. Automation helps speed up cloud disaster recovery

Data is the foundation of business operations, what happens if data is not available? Globally, 2020 started with an outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus and unprecedented natural disasters, including fires in Australia, floods in Brazil and winter tornadoes in the United States. What’s more, new ransomware attacks are happening every week.

In such an urgent situation, disaster recovery, especially cloud-based disaster recovery, becomes particularly important. In the event of an emergency, every second counts, so automation is essential. So, can automated disaster recovery be achieved? Is it possible to start disaster recovery from Azure with just a single storage management system (SMS) voice command?

At a recent customer event, Commvault demonstrated automated disaster recovery to thousands of audience members and simulated a power outage during a wildfire in California, USA. In this demo scenario, calling the Commvault platform through an SMS voice command successfully enabled the disaster recovery operation on the Azure cloud platform at the other end of the United States.

Even without Wi-Fi and without electricity, data remains available and accessible. Commvault automation enables data disaster recovery with only voice commands without human intervention.

2. Automation helps reduce risk

Today, business executives are increasingly focusing on risk reduction, and risk management is the highest level of business in the business. According to a Commvault cloud customer survey, 69% of business executives are focusing on mitigating risks and threats. Automated data protection is an important part of reducing risk.

During a ransomware attack in Colorado, for example, Commvault data protection software was one of the first two tools to identify the attack. The Commvault software includes an automated control that alerts you to unusual activity in the data, and it was the same automated control that alerted Colorado state officials to the ransomware.

3. Automation Helps Ease IT Hiring Conundrums

Today, it is difficult for businesses to hire qualified IT leaders, and there are not enough experienced IT staff to fill a large number of job openings. Last October, The Wall Street Journal cited CompTIA data and said: “In the past three months, there have been about 918,000 IT job openings in the United States.”

Automation is helping companies fill the IT staffing gap. If a business can automate its processes, especially for low-level processes, its IT staff can focus on more strategic projects.

The same goes for data migration in the cloud. According to the Executive Cloud Survey by CITO Research and Commvault, 68 percent of IT leaders say data volume is a significant hurdle to overcome when migrating data and applications to the cloud.

Enterprise cloud projects have a clear time plan. Instead of having employees spend time writing scripts, let them use Commvault’s simplified interface and secure application programming interface (API) to securely and efficiently migrate data to one or more cloud platforms of the enterprise’s choice. Save time and increase job satisfaction, since nobody likes repetitive tasks like moving archive tapes. Automating simple tasks such as data archiving, especially data archiving to the cloud, can reduce the workload of IT staff and eliminate such tedious and repetitive tasks.

For example, the University of Central Florida used Commvault and Azure Stack solutions to move school records to the cloud. Brian Blum, senior systems administrator for the cloud data migration project, said: “Automated processes increase employee productivity, freeing them to devote their time to other projects.”

Whether businesses are looking to automate repetitive tasks, reduce risk through automation, or accelerate data migration to the cloud, Commvault data protection solutions are the answer.

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