Data backup process angst persists, but dedupe and cloud offer relief
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Our latest Storage magazine survey finds respondents implementing dedupe and
evaluating cloud backup services to deal with issues in their data backup process.
There's an old saying that backups are easy, it's the restores that are the problem. But our
latest survey reveals that the data backup process is hardly a piece of cake. Forty-nine percent of
respondents say their biggest backup bugaboo is the time it takes to complete a backup; for 48% the
up with growing capacities
. Some are still grappling
with virtual server backup
(28%), while about a quarter are trying to keep up with application
requirements. On average, about 63 TB of data is backed up each week, and 47% of those surveyed say
a lot of that is redundant; at the other end of that spectrum, 26% fear they're not backing up
everything they should be. On a brighter note, only 16% bemoan
; but 31% would like better monitoring and reporting tools to track backups.
Two-thirds are using
to deal with some of these niggling issues, which is a bit higher than we've seen
previously. Slightly less than one-fifth use
the cloud to store
an average of 37% of their backup data. More disk for backup
a lot of respondents' shopping lists (84%), with an eye to adding an average of 28 TB of new
About the author:
Rich Castagna is editorial
director of TechTarget's Storage Media Group.
This was first published in January 2014