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Backup and storage technology – Corporate Storage Trends

Posted on 13. Dec, 2017 by in Cloud, desktop, Developement, Hosting, internet, linux, Programming, Web Hosting

Corporate Storage Trends
Large Enterprises Planning to Move Backup Copies to Public Cloud

About This Report: In November the 451 Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance surveyed 518 members about storage trends within their organizations, including questions about their latest purchases, 12-month spending plans and vendor ratings.


Adoption. There are few other technologies that have such a strong foothold in IT departments. When it comes to storage technologies, that adoption status is especially strong in companies with more than 1,000 employees, where adoption rates exceed
90%.

Spending. Looking ahead at storage spending plans over the next 12 months, spending remains strong, with almost half (49%) of the respondents planning to increase their storage spending and only 11% planning to decrease spending.

Key Attributes. Storage plays a critical role in organizations of all sizes, so while cost is always top of mind, these products have to perform; if there is a problem, customers need reliable technical support.

Storing Backups. The primary datacenter is currently the most popular location for storing backup copies, and that is expected to remain the same over the next year. However, the use of public cloud providers is expected to grow from 22% to 33% over the next year.

Backup and Recovery. In the case of backup and recovery, there was a clear difference between the preferred vendors based on company size. For companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, Veeam topped the list, while Dell EMC was the preferred choice for organizations with more than 1,000 employees.

By Tracy Corbo

Status of Storage Technologies

Adoption. There are few other technologies that have such a strong foothold in IT departments. When it comes to storage technologies, that adoption status is especially strong in companies with more than 1,000 employees, where adoption rates exceed 90%.

Size Dictates Storage Needs. Size does matter when it comes to the use of storage technologies. Large companies have many users in multiple locations, terabytes of data, large investments in traditional storage technologies and deep pockets; consequently, they favor all-flash arrays and hyperconverged products.

The demands of smaller organizations are not as complex as their larger counterparts, so easier-to-use and affordable solutions, such as public cloud storage services and software-defined storage running on standard x86 servers, are the top choices.

Spending. Looking ahead at storage spending plans over the next 12 months, spending remains strong, with almost half (49%) of the respondents planning to increase their storage spending and only 11% planning to decrease spending. Another 40% expect spending to remain constant.

Primary Storage Trends

Key Attributes. Storage plays a critical role in organizations of all sizes, so while cost is always top of mind, customers want to see good value for their dollar. These products have to perform and deliver on the capabilities that they promise. Furthermore, when there is a problem, customers expect vendors to have the appropriate technical support in place, along with good customer service to resolve any issues.

For companies with 1,000-9,999 employees, product performance/capabilities (87%) was a slightly more important attribute than value for money (81%).

Top Ten Primary Storage Vendors. Dell/EMC (47%) is the primary storage vendor across organizations of all sizes. NetApp (24%) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (22%) are a more distant second and third.

A closer look by company size indicates that AWS is second for companies with fewer than 250 employees.

Configuration Types. Respondents were asked about their most recent purchases from their primary storage vendors. SMEs use a mix of storage solutions. While organizations with under 250 employees favor all-HDD array and storage as-a-service offerings, organizations with more than 250 employees prefer hybrid disk-flash arrays. Hybrid disk-flash arrays offer a more affordable solution than all-flash, and promise better performance than all-HDD solutions.

Large Enterprises. Large enterprises also take advantage of the cost savings of hybrid disk-flash solutions, as well as the speed of all-flash array storage. Just over 20% of very large organizations are implementing all-HDD arrays.

Backup and Recovery Trends

Key Attributes. The top attributes for evaluating backup and recovery vendors is value for money (73%), and that number jumps to 78% for very large organizations with more than 10,000 employees.

For companies with 250-999 employees, product performance/capabilities (88%) ranks higher.

Backup Location. The primary datacenter is currently the most popular location for storing backup copies, and that is expected to remain the same over the next year. However, the use of public cloud providers is expected to grow from 22% to 33% over the next year.

A closer look by company size shows that the jump is actually being driven by very large organizations with more than 10,000 employees. Currently, only 15% of those organizations store backup copies with public cloud providers. That number is anticipated to double to 30% over the next 12 months.

Top Backup and Recovery Vendors. There are a wide number of backup and recovery vendors currently in use. Taking a look at the top 10 most popular, Dell EMC (28%) tops the list, followed by Veritas Technologies (21%) and Veeam (18%).

A closer look by company size paints a slightly different picture. While Dell EMC remains at the top of the list for large organizations with more than 1,000 employees, the top spot for smaller organizations goes to Veeam.

Vendor Ratings

Respondents were asked to rate their primary storage vendors and backup and recovery vendors on a variety of attributes, using a 0-10 point scale where 0 is ‘poor’ and 10 is ‘excellent.’

Dell EMC – Storage. Overall ratings are strong, with a mean rating from 7.2 to 8.3 across all categories. Dell EMC earns top marks for product performance/capabilities and product portfolio breadth with a mean of 8.3 for each. Reputation was also strong, with a mean of 8.2.

Backup and Recovery. In the case of backup and recovery, there was a clear difference between the preferred vendors based on company size. For companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, Veeam topped the list, while Dell EMC was the preferred choice for organizations with more than 1,000 employees.

Overall, Veeam received high marks ranging from 7.9 to 8.5. Product performance/capabilities and ease of use earned high marks from more than 80% of the respondents that use the product.

This points to a key differentiator for Veeam. Products designed to meet the complex environments of large enterprises can often be difficult to use. Veeam has built a product designed to be approachable for a wider audience, which is critical for smaller enterprises, which often lack the staffing depth and expertise needed to master more complex product offerings.


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