Complexity of Backup Systems
is the top challenge
Here are the results of a survey of 150 enterprise data
storage and backup professionals. The findings reveal that data storage
administrators find complexity and cost to be the key challenges associated with
backup and data recovery.
How many separate devices do you manage for primary
storage, backup, and disaster recovery?
|10 devices or more.
The survey asked respondents to rate
their challenges relating to storage, backup and disaster recovery. Over half
of the respondents (53 percent) identified complexity of backup systems as the
top challenge. In addition, 66 percent
identified lengthy backup windows and tight budgets as major obstacles to
managing storage and backup, with 52 percent estimating that a complete system
backup would require between 12 and 48 hours.
IT managers are facing a crossroads. They need more
responsive, easier-to-manage storage systems that won’t break their budgets.
With half of the storage professionals reporting that management time alone for
routine backups and restores takes between 10 and 40 hours a month, it’s clear
that the situation is quite painful. It’s time for a fundamentally new approach
that will simplify storage and backup while providing dramatic improvements in
backup times and overall performance. Against this backdrop, perhaps the biggest
challenge is to hold the line on capital and operating costs.
matter, 41 percent of storage professionals
who responded to the survey said they administer 10 devices or more for storage,
backup and disaster recovery - each with
separate processes and management systems. In addition, 46 percent of the
respondents stated that over half of their data in primary storage was not
accessed on a daily or even a weekly basis.
In this complex environment,
it’s tough to contain system and administration complexity, which translates
directly to continued high capital and operating costs, having ‘cold’ data in
expensive primary storage exacerbates the issue.
Lack of Effective Disaster-Recovery Solutions Comes
at a High Price
In the survey,
40 percent of respondents acknowledged that their
organizations had no satisfactory disaster recovery solution in place.
The risks of being unprotected against an immediate company-wide IT disaster
were high, said 32 percent of the respondents, who estimated that performing a
complete restore after a company-wide IT disaster would cost their organization
more than $500,000. Twenty percent of the respondents assessed the cost to be
more than $1 million.
The independent survey asked for the opinions of storage
professionals in organizations conducting business in the US. More than
two-thirds of respondents came from companies with between 200 and 5,000