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Vol. 9 Num. 7 October 2010

Space and time are still backup bugaboos

The flurry of storage vendor mergers and acquisitions is changing the landscape. Some of the deals make sense, some are hard to figure out and some will be outright disasters. What does all of this mean to you? Backup has never been much fun and with IT shops typically doubling their disk capacity every couple of years, there's little light at the end of the backup tunnel. Considering the magnitude of the responsibility and the sheer number of things that can go wrong, it's remarkable that only 33% of the respondents to our survey cited failed backups as their biggest headache. But the amount of data they have to wade through is definitely a sore point, with 58% saying their biggest struggle is meeting new capacity requirements. Toward that end, 38% are currently using data deduplication, while 44% are seriously evaluating it. If space is one dimension that's vexing backup administrators, time is another: 46% say it takes too long to complete their backups and 44% note the same about data recoveries. Adding disk to the backup ...

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Features in this issue

  • 10 tips for managing storage for virtual servers and virtual desktops

    Server virtualization and virtual desktops can make configuring and managing storage systems a lot tougher. These 10 tips can help ease some of the stress caused by managing storage in a virtual environment.

  • Brighter outlook for storage budgets

    Budget concerns have eased slightly, and many storage managers are eyeing solid-state storage and cloud storage services. How does your shopping list compare to that of your peers?

  • Space and time are still backup bugaboos

    Our latest survey has readers saying too much capacity and too much stuff to back up is their biggest pain point when it comes to backup. Many of them are counting on data dedupe to ease their backup blues.

  • Integrate the cloud with your backup app

    Getting the sophistication of a backup app and the simplicity and scalability of cloud storage is possible today. But there are still some kinks to work out.

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