CDP picks up a little steam

Continuous data protection (CDP) application adoption is hardly a juggernaut, but our most recent survey shows a modest increase in the number of CDP users. More respondents plan implementations, but some still aren't sold on CDP's benefits.

As slick as it sounds, continuous data protection (CDP) -- the ability to capture and back up new and changed data immediately -- hasn't made a huge impact in most storage shops yet. On our most recent survey, only 27% of respondents currently use a CDP application, a modest increase of approximately four points vs. last year's survey. The rap against CDP has been that it's yet another app that adds complexity and administration to backup environments. Adoption was expected to increase as more backup application vendors integrated CDP into their products, but that doesn't seem to account for the slight rise in use, as only 23% of our CDP users tap their backup apps for that capability. CDP has been around for a while, but most of those users are relative newbies, with 59% saying they've been using it for less than a year. Don't expect a sudden surge in CDP deployments, as just 30% of non-users are considering deployments in the next two years.

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"The technology is not as mature as some solutions -- we are taking a wait-and-see approach." -- Survey respondent

BIO: Rich Castagna (rcastagna@storagemagazine.com) is Editorial Director of the Storage Media Group.

This was first published in May 2009

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