A trend we have been watching is the increasing convergence of laptop and mobile backup tools with collaboration and file-sharing tools. Is there a big demand for this in the market? And do you expect to see additional convergence with other tools or tasks?
I think that, as time goes on, every enterprise backup application will eventually offer full support for backing up laptops and mobile devices. The vendors will be missing out on a huge revenue opportunity if they do not offer this capability. Never mind the fact that they will lose market share to competitors.
I also agree with the idea that collaboration and file-sharing tools are beginning to blur together. However, I also think that there are some other areas to watch as well. I think that, as time goes on, we might see a convergence between backup software and image-based deployment software or possibly a convergence between backup software and virtual lab software.
Virtual lab software allows organizations to create a virtualized environment that they can use to test upgrades, new applications, patch management, etc. There are already some vendors that have begun experimenting with such convergences.
This was first published in April 2013