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Customers Show Strong Interest in Continuous Data Protection

    Online News published in DMReview.com
October 31, 2005

Even as many storage administrators admit that they have limited knowledge about Continuous Data Protection (CDP) products, a majority of survey respondents - about 64 percent - say that they either currently use them, plan to use them within 12 months, or are evaluating them, a new IDC survey reveals.

Among other key findings of IDC's survey are the following:

  • Most survey respondents have heard of CDP, and one fourth believe that they have a good understanding of it.

  • Most end users admit that they are still not sure about the full implications of CDP and about which CDP product to use.

  • CDP is not and will not be used as an exclusive replacement for existing methods of data protection.

"The current uncertainty among end users regarding which products to use for CDP represents an opportunity for vendors who plan to enter the CDP market," said Natalya Yezhkova, senior research analyst, IDC Storage Systems. But IDC analysts also sounded a note of caution. "While vendors should consider end users' interest, coupled with uncertainty, as an opportunity, they also need to invest in educating end users about the benefits of CDP, rather than simply over-hyping it," added Rhoda Phillips, research manager, IDC Storage Software.

IDC's new study, "Continuous Data Protection: A First Look at End-User Awareness and Behavior," reveals the awareness level of CDP among users and discusses the results of a survey conducted in June 2005. The survey addressed, among other things, the interest in specific CDP products on the market today and end-users' future plans on using CDP technology.

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