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Trends in Enterprise Storage Availability Management

Trends in Enterprise Storage Availability Management

This IDC Perspective draws upon an IDC survey exploring server and storage availability considerations. With a sample size of 401, the survey was completed in December 2018 and focused on small, medium-sized, and large United States–based enterprises across a variety of different industries. This document discusses evolving enterprise storage availability strategies based on the survey results, as well as IDC's analysis of other IT trends impacting storage availability management concerns."Most enterprises today consciously manage the availability of production workloads using specific quantifiable metrics like recovery point and recovery time objective," said Eric Burgener, research vice president of IDC's Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group. "Rather than setting individual availability objectives by workload, IT organizations establish one or more availability tiers and group workloads into those tiers, helping simplify availability management while making it more cost effective."

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Executive Snapshot
Situation Overview
Defining Mission and Business Critical Workloads
Most Popular Availability Management Metrics: RPO and RTO
Wide Variety of Availability Management Methods in Use
Location Considerations in Managing Storage Availability
Costs of Managing Availability Decreasing Over Time
Advice for the Technology Buyer
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