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Vol. 10 Num. 6 August 2011

Users get upper hand over remote site backup

Our latest survey finds that more companies are relying on automated processes to back up their remote offices, and more backup data is making it back to the main data center than ever before. Three years ago, nearly 25% of the firms we polled entrusted data backup at their remote sites to non-IT staff members. That number has now plummeted to only 6%. At the same time, the number of companies using automated processes to back up remote offices grew from 33% to 46%, so it looks like many firms are no longer relying on “civilian” backup jockeys. And two-thirds report that backup data is shipped to the main data center from an average of 28 remote locations. Thirty percent back up directly to disk at remote sites and then replicate to the data center, while 25% dedupe backup data first and then replicate. Thirty percent of firms looking to centralize their backup are considering a WAN optimization device and 29% expect to add a dedupe appliance that can replicate to the data center. The biggest gripe about remote site backups is ...

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Features in this issue

  • New trends in storage

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Storage technologies may sometimes seem a little stodgy and out of date, but there’s plenty of technical development going on at both the big storage vendors and smaller upstarts.

Columns in this issue

  • The need for speed

    by  Alan R. Earls

    An analysis of the some of the leading vendors in the TCP/IP offload market.

  • No excuse for lax laptop backup

    by  Rich Castagna

    Too expensive, too much extra work and not enough integration were legitimate complaints about laptop backup a few years ago. But those excuses just don’t cut it anymore.

  • Hybrid clouds on the horizon

    by  Jeff Byrne, Contributor

    A few notable glitches have soured some users on cloud storage services, but a hybrid approach that integrates public and private storage may ultimately convince cloud skeptics.