Research: 2011 Backup Survey

Feb 10, 2011


2011 Backup Survey : New Possibilities for Data Protection

For our latest look at the state of our backups, we surveyed 420 business technology professionals to see how widely they’ve adopted advances, like disk-to-disk backup, deduplication and cloud-based storage services, that can help us protect data better, for less money. We also asked about how respondents are protecting their virtualized environments and whether they’ve (finally) seen enough breach notifications that they flip on the encryption capabilities included in their backup software.

While our respondents come predominantly from midmarket businesses, with most hailing from organizations with fewer than 500 employees, they’re largely ahead of the curve implementing new technologies in their backup practices. More than half back up at least some of their servers to disk, and half use some form of data deduplication. Respondents are also generally satisfied with their backup systems; 36% call themselves very satisfied, and 44% report that they’re somewhat satisfied. A mere 6% are somewhat or very dissatisfied. While it would be comforting to view this level of approval as proof that all is well in backup-ville, other responses—like the one indicating that less than half of respondents test restores regularly—bring to mind the old saying that ignorance is bliss.

This general (if possibly misplaced) satisfaction, along perhaps with ongoing limited budgets, is also reflected in the small differences between the technologies our respondents are currently using for their backups and those they plan to employ in the future. While 13% expect to add hardware deduplication, for example, and the same number plan to start using software deduplication, only 6% say they’ll stop backing up directly to tape. Some also plan to increase their use of snapshots (5%), and of course, cloud backup (14%).

In this report, we’ll explore how the development of new backup—and computing—technologies is causing the backup process to evolve. We’ll also examine how the market has adopted these technologies and whether, in the real world, they live up to the hype. (R2440211)

Survey Name: InformationWeek Analytics 2011 Backup Technologies Survey
Survey Date: January 2011
Region: North America
Number of Respondents: 420

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