With the amount of information online, companies have seen an increase in the need for data backup.

As data, capacity grow, so too should backup

Stephen Perkins

Andrew Burton and John Hilliard of TechTarget said it isn't a new thing that companies are expanding their data backup in part because end users have been adding more space for backup for multiple years at this point. However, the duo reported on recent research conducted by Snapshot, which showed that 19 percent of companies are now backing up more than 200 terabytes of data per week, a hefty amount for any company to take care of. In addition, more than 45 percent of the survey's respondents said they were increasing their spending on data backup.

"Unstructured data growth is likely the main trend driving this increase in backup data – 49 percent of respondents to the fall 2012 Purchasing Intentions survey said their backup target is a disk file system," the news source said. "However, there are a number of reasons for increased backup capacity needs."

The TechTarget reporters quoted Greg Schulz, founder and analyst with the Storage and Server IO Group, who said there are five factors for the data growth trend, including:

  • Even as cloud backup increase, companies continue to backup data in local networks as well
  • Affordability of backup is helping to keep it popular
  • Companies are increasingly using disk backups to replace tapes
  • Smaller companies are increasingly using data backup as well
  • The proliferation of enterprise data has meant more companies looking for ways to keep it safe

According to a recent report by Symform, only 2 percent of companies are not doing anything for data backup, which shows just how much the industry has grown. Previous studies, according to Margaret Dawson, vice president of marketing at Symform, have shown that this was as high as 15 to 20 percent of companies that have done nothing, which means more organizations are starting to better understand data loss protection.

Categories: Data Protection