Backup problems fading as users gain upper hand
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Backup is never going to be easy, but new technologies and processes are helping storage pros
overcome the backup
problems that have plagued them for years.
"Backup and recovery
is, by its very nature, a pain point," noted one of our less optimistic but
maybe more realistic survey respondents. Backup
is an uphill battle, but it looks like storage pros are getting the upper hand. A year ago, 61%
said their biggest backup
was how long it took to complete a backup; this year, only 46% are eyeing the clock.
Another of our users' biggest backup issues is the amount of data to back up; on average, our
respondents will add 44 TB of disk
capacity for backup
, which is way up from last year's 35 TB and 2010's piddling 13 TB. Backing
up the same stuff repeatedly is another backup bugaboo, with 41% saying they're backing up
redundant data. But that's a drop from last year's 56% as more shops use dedupe: 48% use it now and
40% will evaluate. Three-quarters of our group back
up virtual servers
or virtual desktops. Asked to rate their virtual machine backup experience
on a 1-to-5 scale, our gang gave it a 3 -- they're not crazy about it, but it's also not driving
Rich Castagna is editorial director
of TechTarget's Storage Media Group.
This was first published in April 2013