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Disk still rules enterprise backup hardware roost despite competition
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of August 2017, Vol. 16, No. 6
While cloud is the new kid on the block and tape the experienced pro among backup targets, disk still rules the enterprise backup hardware world, for now, anyway. According to a TechTarget research survey, 63% of respondents deploy disk-based backup, while 39% said they use tape and 27% have off-premises cloud storage or backup as a service (BaaS) to protect data. However, cloud backups are starting to rival disk-based backups on roadmaps. Eighteen percent of respondents said they're considering cloud BaaS and, likewise, 18% are considering off-premises cloud storage to meet their backup needs -- four and six percentage points more, respectively, than those already using these services. Slightly more than a quarter of respondents said they intend to buy disk backup over the next year. Meanwhile, the tape-based enterprise backup hardware world continues its decline. Only 9% of respondents plan to buy tape libraries in the next year and only 4% plan to purchase tape vaulting technology. That's a steep 26-point dive compared with ...
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