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Traditional backup tech under stress

April 29, 2015

With the Internet of things (IOT) and big data, critical data volumes are growing exponentially while the time allocated for backups is shrinking and many companies are not able to back up critical applications at all.

That’s the view of Harold van Graan, sales director at ICT solutions provider Actifio SA, who believes the high adoption of server virtualisation has exacerbated the problem by increasing architectural complexity as well as creating a physical and virtual world that often has to be managed by the same teams using different technologies.

IDC notes that as of the end of 2013, there were 9.1 billion IOT units installed and estimates the installed base of IOT units to grow at a 17.5% compound annual growth rate to 28.1 billion in 2020. In its 2014-2018 forecast, the analyst firm anticipates big data technology and services market to grow at a 26.24% compound annual growth rate through 2018 to reach $41.52 billion.

Meanwhile, according to Gartner, at least 70% of x86 server workloads are virtualised, the market is mature and competitive, and enterprises have viable choices. It adds an increasing number of enterprises are evaluating both the cost benefits of competitive migrations and the benefits of deploying multiple virtualisation technologies.

“Traditional backup technologies and teams are challenged to keep pace with the exponential data growth that requires a totally new way of thinking,” says Van Graan. “We can’t fix it by doing what we’ve always done but faster. We have to do it differently.”

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