by Joe Forgione
Rapid data growth is nothing new to today’s large data centers. For years, enterprise data center managers have waged an ongoing battle to manage and protect fast-growing data volumes. What is new is that the rate of this growth is spiking. In our recent survey of large enterprises, data growth rates were more than 25 percent higher than last year for more than half of survey respondents.
Also new is the fact that enterprises are beginning to lose the battle. More and more enterprises are consistently missing backup windows and succumbing to costly data center sprawl as they add dozens of backup systems to accommodate data growth. More than half of our survey respondents reported moderate to severe data center sprawl. Not surprisingly, increasing backup performance and capacity as well as improving efficiency of the backup environment were rated as top IT priorities for the coming year. The consequences of losing the battle against data growth can be far-reaching as the resulting strained IT resources can impede core business operations, end user productivity and data center efficiency.