In today’s information-driven world, the data we keep has a tendency to swell faster than an elastic waistline at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. Left uncontrolled, nightly backups of that data will compound the problem seven-fold. If you find yourself inching ever closer to the limits of your current backup solution, it might be time to shape up.
In a time of economic uncertainty, one thing remains certain: this time next year there will be more data in the data center. Probably a lot more data.
History shows that data growth has been pacing at about 50% per year. Some growth is driven by new business solutions, such as productivity and quality gains, while other growth relates to regulatory requirements, like those of Sarbanes-Oxley or HIPAA.
Many IT budgets, if not already cut, soon will be—but from where? All that new data is going to stress every component of every system. Server CPUs will be busier, RAM less plentiful, and networks more congested. Data storage devices may soon overflow.