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Accelerating backup performance and efficiency still top priorities for large enterprises

Sepaton, Inc., has published the results of the fifth annual Sepaton Data Protection Index, an annual survey of large enterprises in North America and Europe with at least 1,000 employees and at least 50 terabytes of primary data to protect. The survey elicited responses from more than 200 IT professionals across a wide range of vertical industries to define and quantify current data protection trends and challenges for enterprise data centers/centres.

Specific areas covered by the survey, included data protection technologies currently in use; key data protection challenges facing enterprises; and data protection priorities for 2014.

Key findings included:

Explosive data growth. Nearly half (43 percent) of respondents reported data growth of more than 15 percent annually, including nine percent who characterized their data growth as ‘explosive’ with growth of 25 percent or more annually.

Massive data volumes. More than 52 percent of respondents have full backup volumes of more than 100 TB, including 27 percent with full backups between 500 TB and 1 PB.

More complexity. Most enterprises (27 percent) are using a mix of tape and virtual tape but many are also using a wide range of other technologies (snapshots, cloud, etc.). Companies are also using a wide range of protocols to backup data. Just five percent are using Fibre Channel (FC) only.

Inadequate data protection. Nearly half of respondents (46 percent) did not feel that their backup environment was meeting their needs. Fifty five percent are not encrypting their data at rest and more than a fifth of respondents (21 percent) are not providing disaster protection for their data.

Focus on accelerating performance and efficiency. Data protection priorities for 2014 are focused on addressing the challenges caused by explosive data growth. Specifically, on increasing backup performance, implementing data tiering, and controlling data center/centre sprawl.

Download the full survey report from here: http://info.sepaton.com/wp-dataprotection_index

•Date: 17th February 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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