Resolving data growth and complexity issues requires careful planning and a well-defined data protection strategy. With so much at stake and so many things to consider (databases, applications, operating systems, devices, locations, etc.), finding the right solution can be a daunting task. Some well-known software and hardware companies have addressed these issues by adding a plethora of data protection products to their business/IT solution offerings. However, in truth, these products actually only solve part of the problem, and often require patching together a “complete” solution, which can result in spiraling management costs and increased compatibility risk. In addition, many of these products are difficult to integrate, hard to learn and use, and lack the flexibility to work across heterogeneous environments.