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Biggest pain in backup is lack of storage capacity, survey finds

Ever-growing need for more storage is the biggest problem for backup, followed by administration overheads, poor performance, scalability and multi-supplier complexity

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Backup is painful for many organisations, and the biggest pain point is a constant need for more storage capacity.

In a survey carried out by Vanson Bourne for secondary storage consolidation specialist Cohesity, 76% of UK respondents (69% in Germany) said their biggest backup pain is from the regular need for more storage capacity.

After that, the main backup headaches result from onerous administration (UK 45%, Germany 54%); ensuring regular backups (42%, 48%); inadequate performance in the backup infrastructure (50%, 38%); poor scalability of backup (46%, 39%); and complexity due to multiple storage suppliers present in the datacentre (33%, 45%).

Although there is not a lot of difference, larger organisations feel more pain than smaller ones.

The average across the UK and Germany of those that see the need for additional storage capacity was 72.5%, but that figure was 69% for organisations with 1,000 to 3,000 employees and 76% for those with more than 3,000.

For those that feel the pain of administration overheads, larger organisations feel more (52%) than smaller ones (47%), with the average 49.5%.

Smaller organisations fare worse when it comes to regular backups, however, with 51% citing this as a pain point while only 39% of larger organisations feel it, against an average of 45%.

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Cohesity emerged from stealth in 2015. Its interest in a survey of this type comes from its specialisation in secondary data storage convergence.

The company’s products aim to help customers put all secondary data on one platform and do away with the need for dedicated backup target hardware and backup software, as well as public cloud copies and separate repositories for test and dev data, less-used data, and so on.

On the Cohesity data platform, all data is deduplicated and distributed with two-factor replication and cloud replication possible. .................................................................................................................

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