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Data Protection and Backup: The Shortcomings of Disk-to-Disk

September 14, 2011

Data protection and storage are major cost factors for today’s businesses. According to a recent Gartner report, data will grow at a rate of 800 percent over the next five years. Between 70 and 80 percent of this data resides as inactive on expensive storage systems, where it can wreak havoc for organizations trying to balance long-term retention of business data with bottom-line economics. Since the classification of data (business value, access frequency, retention requirements, etc.) continually changes over time, the storage type and location of this data should also change to maximize operational and cost efficiencies.

Data archiving solutions offer the best opportunity for IT to identify which files are no longer active within the organization and thus not necessary to keep on expensive primary storage tiers.  So where does IT put the inactive data? Should they expend scarce capital to purchase more secondary storage that will need to be maintained and managed? Do they continue to invest in more traditional backup solutions and operations? What options exist and is there a more economical, simpler, and efficient alternative to store data archives without interruption to the business or adverse impact on the bottom line?

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