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De-Duplication Crucial To Managing Growth in Data Storage Requirements

Sepaton : 03 March, 2010  (Technical Article)
Survey by Sepaton reveals that de-duplication technology features as a key technology when considering future data archiving and disaster recovery planning for companies needing to cope with additional storage requirements whilst maintaining existing budget levels
Sepaton has announced the results of a survey of 400 large enterprises with at least 1,000 employees and at least 50 terabytes of primary data to protect. The survey was conducted in December 2009 - January 2010 across Europe and North America.

Key findings include:

• Seventy-five percent of enterprise respondents expect their data protection budget to either stay the same or decrease in 2010. Enterprises consider the need to improve disaster recovery and to protect data assets and to keep pace with data centre growth among their top priorities.

• Forty one percent cited insufficient budget to keep up with technology as the primary reason that their data protection falls short. Enterprises see new data protection technologies such as data Deduplication as essential for maintaining service levels and regulatory compliance.

• Time and labour costs required to protect and manage data is significant. Forty-three percent of respondents need more than twenty-four hours to complete a full backup. Eleven percent needed more than twenty full time employees to manage their data protection.

• Most enterprises are protecting extremely large and quickly growing volumes of data. Forty-seven percent of enterprise respondents have more than 200 TB of data to protect. Fifty-seven percent of respondents have data stores that are growing at more than twenty percent (compounded) per year.

• A key focus of spending in 2010 will be on disaster recovery, data deduplication, VTL, and other disk-based technologies. Enterprises are investing in disk-based data protection technologies that reduce total cost of ownership while increasing the levels of protection and service they can provide.

• While a majority of respondents are using physical tape today, most do not expect to be using tape one year from now. A majority of respondents plan to increase their use of disk-based technologies (VTL and disk-to-disk) as well as cloud and managed service providers (MSP) in 2010.

• Disaster recovery is a key priority in the enterprise data centre. Forty-six percent of respondents are not currently meeting their recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTO and ROP) in a consistent manner. Seventy percent of respondents cited improving disaster recovery protection as their most important goal for 2010.

• Companies want longer online data retention. Only twenty-six percent of respondents are retaining their data online for 120 days. However, forty percent would increase their online data retention to 120 days if implementing Deduplication made longer retention cost-effective.

Jon Mills, EMEA managing director for Sepaton said: "This snapshot clearly shows the extent of the challenges facing storage managers. On reflection, it would seem extraordinary for any organisation built around expanding volumes of data and knowledge to not invest wisely in its protection. Business leaders cannot afford to simply sit back and ignore the fundamental requirements for data protection and backup. Likewise when storage managers do find the budget and opportunity to invest in data protection, they must carefully consider where it can be invested most effectively in technologies that will help them cope with ongoing economic challenges as well as rapid data growth - technologies such as virtual tape libraries and data deduplication."

Jay Kramer, vice president of worldwide marketing for Sepaton concluded: "In 2010, enterprise data managers are looking to implement technologies that help them meet the challenges of protecting enormous volumes of data, dealing with exponential data growth, delivering higher levels of service and meeting more stringent regulatory requirements than ever before," said Jon Mills, EMEA managing director for Sepaton. "These objectives require technologies such as data deduplication, VTL and remote replication to backup and protect valuable information assets and store large volumes of data without adding administration cost, data centre space or power requirements."
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