APAC more likely to adopt disk compared to global counterparts

Survey on global storage trends

Australian organizations are more likely to adopt advanced disk-based data protection solutions than their global counterparts showing a strong shift away from tape, according to the findings of a storage survey on worldwide adoption trends released yesterday.

The first annual survey, which also examined satisfaction levels with current data-protection technologies, was conducted by Forrester Research on behalf of Network Appliance and Symantec.

An estimated 31 percent of Asia Pacific respondents are more inclined to adopt advanced disk-based data protection solutions compared to 21 percent in Nth America.

APAC also has the highest adoption rates of continuous data protection (CDP) and the second highest adoption for virtual tape library (VTL) and snapshot technologies.

NetApp's ANZ marketing director, Mark Heers, said in Australia, there has been a definite shift toward disk and a reduced reliance on tape.

"We attribute this to the challenge that many IT managers and CIOs face, which is to improve business processes and make everything 'do more', while at the same time, maintaining data security and compliance and reducing enterprise-wide costs," Heers said.

Symantec's ANZ systems engineering manager, Paul Lancaster, had his own take on the findings pointing out that backup is a crucial component of any organisation's IT strategy, so it needs to integrate seamlessly with a company's existing infrastructure.

"It's important for IT managers to be able to master the complexity of the data centre, which is one of the benefits of standardised platforms," he said.

"Standardised platforms mean backup systems can easily grow with a business, while remaining fully integrated throughout the life of that business."

According to the survey, enterprises will shift more of their backups to disk.

On average, enterprises predict a 40/60 disk-to-tape ratio in two years but tape will remain a part of the majority of enterprises' data protection strategies for the foreseeable future.

Heers said enterprises can incorporate disk into their data protection strategy in multiple ways.

He said it can be used to store as much back-up data online as possible to provide instant access and faster restore of data for critical applications, or it can be used as a staging area to speed backups before the data is ultimately vaulted to tape for long-term backup archiving.

"Every organisation should be planning to make disk their primary recovery point," he said.

They survey also found that while enterprise adoption of tape is almost ubiquitous, the adoption of disk-based data protection solutions stands at around 65 percent in APAC.

It found respondents are not necessarily "dissatisfied" with tape but enterprises are looking to faster backups and restores.

But the key driver of disk-based data protection adoption is increasing data capacities. An avalanche of data means enterprises are unable to meet current backup windows or maintain current service levels with tape-based solutions.

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