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Vol. 10 Num. 3 May 2011

Reinventing file storage protection and recovery

According to IDC, the amount of new file storage growth between 2009 and 2014 is expected to be about 160.35 exabytes. That’s approximately 300% more than the growth of every other data type combined, including database and email, over the same period of time. That kind of file growth has a number of negative ramifications, not the least of which is protecting it all. Traditional data backup approaches are no longer practical because of the sheer mass of file storage. In many cases, IT professionals don’t create file systems larger than 2 TB because they don’t want backup data sets to be too big. This means that if you have one petabyte of NAS storage, you’ll have at least 500 file systems you have to back up. There are companies with thousands of file systems out there; over time, that kind of situation will become more and more commonplace. Although the market tends to hype and value large file systems, they’re difficult to protect. If you have a file system that’s 100 TB, then backing up the entire file system becomes ...

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