It is that week of the year again where we see a lot of predictions for the year to come and a review of the year that has been. At Datacastle, we believe it is important to learn from what has happened in the past year and celebrate our successes. At the same time we think you need to be looking forward and aware of coming changes so you are prepared to take advantage of opportunities and avert new threats.
With that said, when you are in the data protection business, you need to have most of your attention in the present. Business continuity and resiliency is critical, so we thought we would list out the trends that not only were big in 2015 but will have continuity into 2016.
2015 saw a dramatic increase in ransomware attacks and unfortunately we believe it will continue to grow and morph in 2016. While you should be using anti-malware as your first line of defense, Datacastle is seeing significant demand in using cloud-based endpoint backup and data protection as the last line of defense. You should always be able to recover your data from your endpoints at any time from anywhere. Never be in a position where you have to pay the bad guys.
The adoption of the cloud by enterprise IT has had a steady and growing march forward in 2015 and all indications are that this will accelerate in 2016. Cloud backup is already one of the most popular workloads to make its way to the cloud. Investment in reliable, large public clouds by leaders such as Microsoft Azure, IBM Softlayer, and Amazon AWS are bringing down the concerns and objections surrounding security and reliability.
As we saw in the most recent Gartner report on Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Endpoint Backup, performance remains one of the top considerations when evaluating a cloud-based backup solution. Datacastle RED has been recognized as #1 in performance once again. Datacastle has been the leader in enterprise endpoint backup performance in 2015 and will continue to be the leader in 2016.
Analytics, Insights, and Business Intelligence
Business Intelligence (BI) was the #1 priority for enterprise IT in 2015 and is predicted to be the same in 2016. Increasingly, Datacastle customers are expressing interest to leverage their endpoint backup data for insights and analytics about their workforce. With the emergence of big data techniques that have matured and come down in cost, Datacastle is now in a position to deliver on the aspirations of these customers.
2015 was a great year for Datacastle, our customers, and our partners. We believe 2016 will be even brighter as we capitalize on new opportunities and thwart new threats to our customers’ endpoint data. We hope that all of our customers, partners, and employees have a very prosperous 2016.