Interview with Peter Quirk of Sepaton
VSM: What is the Sepaton Data Protection Index and what is its objective?
PQ: The Sepaton Data Protection Index is an annual survey of large enterprises in North America and Europe to identify and quantify the top data protection issues and concerns facing today’s large enterprises with big data backup environments and what the trends are that matter most to enterprise managers. Specific areas covered by the survey included:
- Data growth and its impact on data protection resources
- Business objectives and technical requirements related to data protection
- Data protection technologies currently in use and planned for the next year
- Data protection challenges caused by adoption of big data analytics
The survey was conducted for seven business days in April 2012 and elicited responses from 93 IT professionals. The respondents represent a wide range of vertical industries, including government, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing. More than half had full backup volumes of more than 50 TB.
VSM: What were some of the key findings uncovered in the survey results?
PQ: The Sepaton Data Protection Index revealed remote replication and disaster recovery are top priorities for large enterprises and big data backup environments. They need an efficient way to move data over a WAN for data protection of remote sites and for effective disaster protection for central data centers. While more and more are adopting electronic replication solutions, there is still a growing need for more efficient ways to move massive data volumes over a WAN and to manage backup, restore, replication, and DR from a holistic, enterprise-wide perspective.
VSM: What is the current disaster recovery strategy for most enterprises?
PQ: The survey indicates that most respondents (forty-one percent) are using an active-passive data disaster recovery strategy where they backup data to a fully configured system in a main data center and replicate to a “passive” system(s) in a remote site. Eighteen percent of respondents are still making copies of physical tapes and shipping them to an off-site location. Twenty-one percent of enterprises are using an active-active strategy where they backup and replicate full data sets using fully configured systems at both local and remote sites.
VSM: Are remote offices protected as adequately as data stored in central locations?
PQ: While survey respondents reported that remote offices are still less adequately protected than primary data centers, we noted a marked improvement over last year’s findings. The current survey indicated that fifteen percent of data in remote offices and eleven percent of data in main data centers are currently not backed up or protected. This compares to our 2011, which indicated that more than one third of remote office data was unprotected.