Brighter outlook for storage budgets


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Backing up virtual servers remains a persistent problem for backup administrators, many of whom are still using traditional backup techniques to safeguard their company's virtual servers. But that's changing: one-third use traditional backup agents loaded into virtual machines (VMs), a decline of approximately 11 points from a year ago. Although marked for extinction, 22% still use VMware Consolidated Backup, and about 10% have turned to VM-specific backup products (an increase of four points vs. a year ago). Approximately 6% use CDP for their virtual servers.

Users still stumble over the complexity of backing up virtual machines (25%), while 22% find they're backing up too much stuff from their virtual environments. Another 18% have run into issues getting file access for recoveries.

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Top 5 vendors

Purchased/plan to purchase a disk system from:
EMC 31%
Hewlett-Packard 29%
IBM 26%
Dell 25%
NetApp 19%

Purchased/plan to purchase storage switches from:
Cisco 58%
Brocade 37%
QLogic 9%
CipherMax 3%
Dell 3%

Purchased/plan to purchase tape hardware from:
Hewlett-Packard 24%
IBM 23%
Dell 19%
Oracle 12%
Quantum 9%

Purchased/plan to purchase backup software from:
Symantec 35%
IBM 18%
EMC 15%
CommVault 11%
Hewlett-Packard 9%

This was first published in October 2010

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