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August 2017, Vol. 16, No. 6

Disk still rules enterprise backup hardware roost despite competition

While cloud is the new kid on the block and tape the experienced pro among backup targets, disk still rules the enterprise backup hardware world, for now, anyway. According to a TechTarget research survey, 63% of respondents deploy disk-based backup, while 39% said they use tape and 27% have off-premises cloud storage or backup as a service (BaaS) to protect data. However, cloud backups are starting to rival disk-based backups on roadmaps. Eighteen percent of respondents said they're considering cloud BaaS and, likewise, 18% are considering off-premises cloud storage to meet their backup needs -- four and six percentage points more, respectively, than those already using these services. Slightly more than a quarter of respondents said they intend to buy disk backup over the next year. Meanwhile, the tape-based enterprise backup hardware world continues its decline. Only 9% of respondents plan to buy tape libraries in the next year and only 4% plan to purchase tape vaulting technology. That's a steep 26-point dive compared with ...

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