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Vol. 10 Num. 12 February 2012

Backup not getting much easier

A little more than 60% of our survey respondents say backup takes too long. Rapidly growing capacity and backing up virtual servers seem to be the culprits. Everyone knows backup is a pain in the #@&*%!, so a little relief would be more than welcome. A year and a half ago when we first asked, 46% of respondents said backups just take too darned long. If this is a good news/bad news story, that was the good news, because today a whopping 61% cite the same issue as their biggest backup problem. Fifty-eight percent say rapidly growing capacity is a big contributor, while 52% point a finger at backing up virtual servers. Nearly three-quarters (72%) are backing up virtual servers and/or desktops, and they give themselves only a passing grade for their efforts. On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is “terrible” and 5 is “great,” 50% rated their virtual machine (VM) backup processes at a so-so 3. Our respondents hope dedupe will be a remedy, with 58% saying they’ve implemented it or plan to. But before you say hooray for technology, note that...

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Features in this issue

  • 2011 Storage Products of the Year

    by Editors

    These 18 enterprise data storage products rank as the best of 2011 and stand out because of their innovation, practicality and good value.

  • How storage stacks stack up

    by  Eric Slack

    Storage stacks bundle storage, servers and networking in a single pretested product. While the parts may not be best of breed, a stack may be the best bet for your firm.

  • New tape techs

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    New developments in tape technologies and applications will help breathe new life into this venerable, and still very useful, storage medium.

Columns in this issue

  • Three key VDI storage challenges

    by  Jeff Byrne, Contributor

    Virtual desktops offer some attractive benefits, but storage systems that aren’t up to the task can make it hard to realize those benefits.