Organizations want to save money, but there is a growing amount of data which must be managed and backed up.

IT wants to save costs but money should be spent on data backup

Stephen Perkins

The growing volume of data is something every company now has to deal with in some way, shape or form. According to a recent report by the Enterprise Strategy Group, there is a lot of organizational pressure to reduce the IT budget, but the growing pool of data means that more may have to be spent on data backup and similar tools. 

Numbers from this report show that three out of four professionals expect data volumes to grow at about 20 percent every year, companies with less data usually have lower costs and 52 percent said data backup and recovery software licenses charged separately would be fair compared with the current capacity-based pricing mode.

"In the backup space, both software and service vendors have competed effectively on price and market position," Jason Buffington, senior analyst with ESG, said in a statement. "However, these vendors base their pricing on the volume of data protected. For IT users, this means that more data requires more backup servers, more licenses and increasing costs."

For those reasons, a recovery-based pricing model may be a good counter for organizations who want to save money when backing up their data in a proper way, he said, as professionals that manage recovery effectively do see savings over time.

TechRadar said data archiving is also something these organizations need to look at, as decisions on which data needs to be kept, for how long and who will have access to it are all essential data pool questions that need to be asked as soon as possible. The website suggests taking the "3-2-1" approach to storage, or having three copies on two different technologies and keeping one copy off site, such as in an online data backup solution. This will maximize IT resources, save money and have the information ready to recover if and when that is necessary.

Categories: Data Management