One thing I do when traveling on a plane is spend time just contemplating. With sleep deprivation and jet lag, my mind wanders in rather abstract ways. My favorite artist is surrealist Salvador Dali so perhaps I have heightened activity in this part of my brain.
On a recent trip, I started thinking about an old house of mine back in the UK. The house was built in the early 1800′s in North Yorkshire. It was originally designed as a clothing workshop but was converted to a residential property within 40 years. I wasn’t the first owner and I certainly won’t be the last, which led me to think, what’s the real difference between renting and owning a home? Even if you own a house, you are still just a tenant. Eventually, someone else will move in and call your house, home.
The first thing we do when we ‘own’ a house is make it OUR home. We upgrade it for our comfort but also with an eye on generating a return on the initial investment. Whether we sell the property or hand it down to loved ones, we hope that we made a smart buying choice and added upgrades that leave a good legacy. Not a gift that only provides pain for years to come.
I would contend you should think about your backup and archive exactly the same way you would think about your house. You are the tenant of your company and you have the fiduciary responsibility to make the smartest choice possible because bad stuff happens and we need a plan for the unforeseen.
So what kind of tenant are you? How many major decisions has your company made in the backup and archive space? Have you made decisions for your comfort or for the future? Do you need more than one hand to count them? Is this a good or a bad thing?
At EMC Backup Recovery Systems, we strive to deliver value today and flexibility for tomorrow. Buying into EMC’s Backup and Archive Portfolio isn’t just solving an immediate temporal need but laying down a lasting platform that has the ability to evolve and resolve challenges that your company might encounter tomorrow. The recently announced EMC Data Protection Suite enables our customers to deploy a variety of data protection software solutions, without buying a new point product each time a new challenge arises.
During my time at EMC, I have found the commitment to both the present and future to be deeply rooted in EMC’s DNA. In the backup and archive space, this approach is critical and it’s why we continue to invest so much in giving choice and best of breed… regardless of which solution you choose. This philosophy has led to our prolific client base and why, by any measure, we’re the largest backup company in the world. Let’s be honest, if you don’t invest in good plumbing then it doesn’t matter if you have nice drapes.