Snapshot: Backup up desktop data

Is anyone backing up desktops?

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Do You Back up Desktops?

Percent of companies that backup end- user machines, per number of seats
Where are end-user machines backed up to?
If you don't back up end-user machines, do you plan to start?

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Pity the fool that thinks their desktop is being backed up. On average, only 39.1% of Storage readers report that their companies back up end-user desktops and/or laptops. (See "") "We can barely cope with our enterprise server backups, let alone begin to deal with the expense and grief of backing up every desktop," writes one reader. Furthermore, the percentage of companies backing up desktops and laptops decreases dramatically the more desktops there are in an organization--28.4% of sites with 1,000 or more user machines back them up, compared with 46.7% for sites with under 1,000. Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of Storage readers--76.5%--that don't back up end-user machines say they have no plans to start.
This was last published in September 2004

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