SOURCE: Peripheral Concepts, Inc.

November 29, 2006 08:00 ET

CDP Usage Extends Beyond Data Protection

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 29, 2006 -- A recent end-user survey conducted by Peripheral Concepts, Inc. reveals that 80% of the Continuous Data Protection (CDP) implementations are also used to create copies of production data for reporting, audits and other compliance related requirements.

The number of sites with CDP implementations have grown from 34% last year to 43%. Plans for 2007 show that 28% of the population will either implement it for the first time or extend its utilization, leaving 42% with no plans to implement.

What differentiates CDP from traditional backup and recovery techniques is its ability to provide near-instantaneous restore to virtually any point in time without having to physically move or copy data. A majority of respondents rank data protection highest among their storage management challenges, and data recovery stands out as the major related problem for 40% of the respondents, with recovery objectives RTO and RPO of less than 20 minutes.

While many continue to use snapshot, one third of the users estimate CDP more apt to cover their needs, with ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) the most common CDP application. The survey examines IT managers preferences between Block, File and Application CDP.

CDP is transforming business continuity while greatly simplifying the data protection process, easing the administrator's burden and ensuring compliance with SLAs and best practices. The Return on Investment (ROI) is estimated to be less than 2 years by 61% of the respondents

The survey addressed a random population of 30,000 sites. 4,150 reliable responses form the basis of preliminary findings covering servers, storage configurations and implementation plans. For a selected population of over 100 IT professionals, this report provides statistics on data protection practices, ranks issues and needs, and analyzes CDP applications and plans.

Data Protection and CDP is the second in a series of reports to be issued within the next two months. Other reports cover

--  Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) and Data Classification,
--  Backup and Virtual Tape libraries (VTL),
--  Archiving and Content Addressed Storage (CAS),
--  iSCSI and SAN,
--  NAS and NAS virtualization
PERIPHERAL CONCEPTS, Inc. is a leading consulting firm specializing in storage and storage management. For more information, visit under REPORTS.

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    Farid Neema
    Peripheral Concepts, Inc.
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