Lady Backup will conclude this series looking at a recent IDC analysis that quantifies the business benefits from backup transformation.
In Part 2 , we looked at the categories of savings from companies who modernized their backup infrastructure with EMC, totaling $3 million in savings per year. In Part 1, we looked at the financial benefits, showing n average a 5-month payback on the investment into EMC backup solutions.
- They replaced tape with purpose-built backup appliances. Companies in the analysis reduced $1.8 million over three years by eliminating or significantly reducing the use of tape in their backup and DR processes. IDC documented several headaches associated with tape, including failed backups and tape management. With EMC, operational recovery speed on average improved by 64%. DR readiness was also significantly improved with EMC. Not only did speed for disaster recovery improve by 88%, companies are now able to test their DR plan.
- They added deduplication into the backup process. A common challenge for all of the companies in this study was data growth rate, which IDC estimates was 35% per year on average. With that in mind, it is reasonable to assume that costs would continue to escalate for backup storage capacity if these companies had not included deduplication in their backup process. IDC documented an 86% reduction in storage capacity from deduplication, which had a major impact on the storage cost savings.
- They consolidated backup silos across multiple environments, including their physical and virtual servers. These companies got a handle on in their “accidental architecture” with an integrated, centrally managed data protection strategy.
In summary, IDC shows us a strong financial argument for backup transformation and why EMC. But to close I want to come back to the impacts on the business.
On average, companies in the study had a 40% success rate of operational recoveries before they modernized their backup infrastructure. I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider a 4 in 10 chance of a successful recovery to really be “success.” After replacing existing backup infrastructure, the companies in this study now have a 100% success rate.
A 100% success completely changes the game. Instead of hoping that the recovery will work, these companies have the confidence that when they need to recover something, it will quick and reliable.
All of the details about this study can be found on a dedicated Web page. And we invite you to join the conversation using #IDCROI.