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Capacity still biggest backup bugaboo
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 8 Num. 6 September 2009
Storage managers are making headway in dealing with their backup pain points, but the ongoing struggle with rising capacities is still headache No. 1, according to our Snapshot survey. How are storage pros dealing with these challenges? More disk, of course. Backup is hard and, despite the numerous products that are supposed to help, it's not getting a lot easier, at least according to our latest Storage magazine survey. Asked what their biggest backup issue was, 65% of respondents said just keeping up with growing capacity. But that was an improvement over last year when 73% cited capacity as the main sticking point. Backup windows are another source of pain, as 58% said the time it takes to complete a backup is their most vexing backup problem, just nudging out backing up redundant data (55%). Fifty-six percent said they added more disk to address their backup woes vs. last year's 61%. Data deduplication might have helped reduce that number, as 42% are now using or have definite plans to use dedupe to pare their backup data, a...
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