Economy and capacity at odds


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Deterring disaster
There was a slight uptick in planned overall disaster recovery (DR) spending vs. last spring, with levels coming back to those we saw last year. Nearly half of our respondents say they'll increase DR spending this year, a figure that's up three points from the spring but still considerably lower than two years ago. However, if you combine the groups either increasing or maintaining spending levels, it's been pretty consistent over the last four years.

Wide-area replication continues to gain ground with 41% of those surveyed saying it will be the main focus of their DR spending. That's less than a point above the second choice, offsite tape, but you have to go back two years to find more respondents opting for replication than offsite tape services. Again, this suggests a continuing shift from reliance on tape.

For WAN spending, DR extended its lead as the top driver by picking up a full 10 points over last spring's level. With 54% of respondents saying DR was the chief motivation for their wide-area spending, it's the highest ranking we've seen since the spring of 2007.

The use of archiving applications also picked up, with an increase of nearly six points over last spring's numbers. There's ample evidence that the archiving market is maturing as it's now far more common for companies to be using some form of archiving than not, with nearly two-thirds

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saying they use archivers.

There's also renewed interest in email archiving, with 29% saying they plan to purchase one of those products this year. That's a full eight points higher than in the spring, and also higher than the levels we saw last year. "The only way that email will be manageable is if we start archiving," says Temple University's Horwitz, "so that has to happen." (See "What types of data archiving products are you currently using?" below.)

This was first published in October 2008

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