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ALL enterprise backup will be solid state in the long term future - and the concept of backup itself and the ratios of live data to archive data will change completely.

Data access times and data recovery which are too slow - will be regarded as unacceptable design failures.

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor

There are profiles for over 500 backup companies on - and thousands of related news stories, case studies and articles.

I used to try and list the vendors into sensible categories (but those lists got too long and cumbersome). I used to write summaries for the most popular backup articles (but that too got out of hand). So I've given up on long lists and you can use site search instead to find what you want.
If you're planning ahead - and as you've arrived at a web page with "backup" in the title then you obviously do think ahead - I expect all enterprise backup to be solid state one day - because SSD backup will have lower cost of ownership and more desirable characteristics than hard disk, tape or optical. The technology arguments and roadmap to bulk storage petabyte SSDs are explained in this article.

The important thing to realize is that even if hard disks are free - they become obsolete in the enterprise - because users have to leverage and make money out of their data (by processing it in a timely manner). And enterprises will face increased pressure from physical space and electrical costs - which only solid state storage will be able to deliver.

So everything that most of you do now with respect to backup - all the processes and all the technologies - should be regarded as temporary. Sometime in the next 10 years everything you do to protect and archive data will start to change dramatically. Sooner in industries which are more data centric. You can keep up to date with the transition to solid state storage in SSD news.

A lot of you might say - I'm not sure it's going to happen - or it doesn't affect me now.

That's OK. And you may still find our archived content on traditional backup useful for many years. But the mission statement for (since 1998) has been - "leading the way to the new storage frontier". That's what we do. Other storage publications have always followed years behind - and often do that old stuff better.

If you want to read about old storage stuff on this site - take a look at SSD market history or how the backup market moved from tape to disk and VTLs.
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Do we really need backups? - by Luca Dell'Oca, (May 12, 2014)
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...from:- where are we now with SSD software?
"Backup is no longer needed - so stop doing it. It'll be replaced by integrated data protection features. "
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...Jamon Bowen - from his blog - Where Does Data Management Software Belong? (October 2011)
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Have you ever wondered what it looks like at the other end of the SSD supply chain - when a user has a damaged SSD which contains priceless data with no usable backup?
broken barrel image - click to read this data recovery article If so - this article - written by Jeremy Brock, President, A+ Perfect Computers - who is one of a rare new breed of SSD recovery experts will give you some idea. read the article
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ioSafe demos its disaster proof backup SSD on BBC news ... In January 2010 - ioSafe launched its disaster-proof backup SSD. This clip - taken from BBC tv news - showed the kind of stresses that the new drive could survive without needing any data recovery.