Unified Solution versus Point Products: What’s critical to your decision-making?

Presented by

Keith Townsend, Ranga Rajagopalan, and Stephen Foskett

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It’s a perennial problem: Do companies seek the best solution for each aspect of their infrastructure or do they try to find a unified solution that works for everything? As IT organizations rethink their infrastructure strategy to include hybrid cloud, this concern has become more prominent. Point solutions might work better, but they can cause operational issues and are often more expensive, while unified solutions might not work well in one area or another. When it comes to selecting a data protection solution, today’s IT organizations must consider whether a point product or unified solution is best: What core capabilities do you need? Is it better to find a best-of-breed solution for each environment? And what defines a best-in-class solution, especially now that the data center is no longer the data center? How would we even define “best?” Is it cost, complexity, integration, scale, support? What about deployment? Do you sacrifice some capability to get it all up quickly? Would a unified solution make it easier to manage now that data is distributed across multiple locations? With all these questions, customers may look to analyses such as Gartner’s Critical Capabilities report. This comparative analysis scores competing products and services against a set of critical differentiators. But how can you determine the right solution for your environment? In this webinar, we’ll dig into the analysis and discuss how certain solutions may affect your organization, including: Capability gaps identified with certain solutions Whether end-users should choose best-in-class products in each individual area or look for an overall best-of-breed product The practical challenges of dealing with multiple vendors rather than one
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