I ran into the first vendor providing a copy data solution back at VMWorld 2013. It was Actifio and the solution intrigued me. By 2015 and Storage Field Day 7 when Catalogic software presented their solution, I become dismissive of the category. The concept has potential for infrastructure specific such as backup and non-real time disaster recovery. However, for the primary use case of reducing copy data for test and dev, I’m still very skeptical.
In this TechTalk, I discuss my primary challenge with the copy data product category and it’s not just the technology.