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FalconStor partnered with IDG Research Services to conduct an independent "Backup Technologies; the Tale of the Tape" quick poll. Visit: http://info.falconstor.com/IDGDedupeSurvey.html to download the full report for free. The survey reveals that deduplication technology is in high demand: • 43% of respondents have a deduplication solution in place • 41% are interested in or planning to deploy deduplication • More than 3 out of 5 respondents have achieved or associate faster backup/recovery and improved efficiency with deduplication

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  • 1. Quick Poll Research:Backup Technologies; the Tale of the TapePresented by IDG Research ServicesConducted on behalf of FalconStor SoftwareAugust 2012
  • 2. 2Research Methodology and Goals This quick poll was conducted online and fielded among the InfoWorld audience. Responses were collected between July 26, 2012 and August 11, 2012. Members of the InfoWorld audience received an email message inviting them toparticipate. The email message included a unique URL link to access the survey. A total of 215 qualified respondents participated in the survey. To be consideredqualified respondents must have reported: They are employed at an organization with 50 or more employees They hold an IT-related job title The margin of error in a sample size of 215 is +/- 6.7 percentage points. Responses tosingle select questions may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Statistically significantdifferences observed between LEs (1,000+ employees) and SMEs (101-1000)employees are observed at the 95% confidence level. Data from SMBs (50-100employees) should be used for directional purposes only due to base size. The survey instrument was designed to assess a number of factors regarding backuptechnology trends including: current technologies relied on, retention time of backed updata, expected usage of tape and disk backup over the next year, adoption ofdeduplication solutions, and achieved/perceived benefits of deduplication solutions.
  • 3. 3Survey Findings
  • 4. 4Q1: How does your organization currently perform its backup functions? (Select all that apply)Base: 215 total qualified respondents: 122 LEs , 75 SMEs, 18 SMBs*Indicates statistically significant difference between LEs and SMEs5%9%13%19%20%25%34%59%Other methodOnline backup - hosted serviceOnline backup - onsite licensed productBackup to disk using software-baseddata deduplicationBackup to disk-based data deduplicationapplianceBackup directly to tape (no disk-basedstorage systems)Back up to disk storage systems only (notape)Backup to disk-based storage systemplus tapeCurrent Backup Methods in UseThe majority of qualified respondents report their organizationsutilize both disk and tape storage mediums for backup. Deduplicationtechnologies are much more likely to have penetrated LEs.LEs MEs SEs*66% 47% 61%33% 33% 44%29% 20% 17%*30% 5% 11%*25% 13% 0%15% 11% 17%11% 7% 11%4% 7% 0%Aggregated Respondents
  • 5. 5 Q2: How long do you retain your backup data?Base: 215 total qualified respondents: 122 LEs , 75 SMEs, 18 SMBs40%6%10%19%26%More than 3 yearsUp to 3 yearsUp to 2 yearsUp to 1 year6 months or lessRetention of Backup DataA plurality of organizations, regardless of company size, report thatthey retain backed up data for more than three years.LEs Mes SEs22% 31% 33%18% 19% 22%10% 13% 0%6% 5% 6%44% 32% 39%Aggregated Respondents
  • 6. 6 Q2: How long do you retain your backup data?Base: 215 total qualified respondents40%6%10%19%26%More than 3 yearsUp to 3 yearsUp to 2 yearsUp to 1 year6 months or lessRetention of Backup DataWhen looking at retention by storage medium, only 38% of disk-onlyusers store backup data for more than 3 years, compared to 47% oftape-only users.Tape and Diskuser (n=126)Tape-only user(n=53)Disk-only user(n=73)22% 23% 29%21% 19% 18%7% 8% 14%10% 4% 1%40% 47% 38%Aggregated RespondentsNote: these categories are not mutually exclusive
  • 7. 7Q3: How many slots does your tape library support?Base: 215 total qualified respondents: 122 LEs , 75 SMEs, 18 SMBs*Indicates statistically significant difference between LEs and SMEs15%31%26%14%14%Not sureWe do not have a tape libraryLess than 200 tapes201-1000 tapesMore than 1000 tapesSize (in Slots) of Tape LibraryOn average, respondents report their organizations tape librarysupports ~467 tapes (~530 tapes* at LEs, ~366 tapes* at SMEs, and~183 tapes at SMBs).Aggregated Respondents LEs Mes SEs*20% 7% 0%18% 11% 6%25% 25% 28%16% *49% 61%20% 8% 6%
  • 8. 8Q4a: How much data is your company planning to store online (on disk) over the next 12 months?Base: 215 total qualified respondents: 122 LEs , 75 SMEs, 18 SMBs*Indicates statistically significant difference between LEs and SMEsOn average, respondents report over 150 TB of data will be storedonline at their organizations over the next 12 months (~249 TB* atLEs, ~63 TB* at SMEs, and ~12 TB at SMBs).16%0%3%7%10%18%15%13%7%4%7%Not sureNone

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