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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
By Jeff Dorr
By many accounts, the SharePoint platform is one of the fastest growing products in the Microsoft portfolio. SharePoint 2010 is outpacing 2007 deployments according to a recently published OpenText survey. In this survey, 49 percent of survey respondents indicated that their company now uses SharePoint 2010 as the primary deployment, while only 43 percent are using SharePoint 2007. These same respondents also listed backup as the number two add-on package or system that is being used or is planning to be used with their SharePoint implementation. Archiving was number six, with 18 percent stating archiving was in use or in the planning stages.
I hear a similar theme from the field here at CommVault; SharePoint 2010 deployments are smoking hot. The field has also been telling me that a solid percentage of SharePoint administrators are still developing their data management strategy. Most are concentrating on the basics, like protection and granular, document-level recovery. However, a number of forward-looking IT shops are also evaluating how long term retention of SharePoint data will impact their budgets and their businesses. They need to reclaim production storage space, improve backup windows, and retain data more intelligently. They want an archive solution for their SharePoint environments, but they seem to put archiving down on that list of things to do "next year."
So what's a shrewd admin to do if they need to efficiently manage a 2 to 3 TB SharePoint environment? My admittedly biased opinion is to deploy the CommVault Application Data Management bundle through one of our authorized resellers. The bundle includes capacity based licensing for Simpana 9 backup and archive software. The neat thing with this bundle is that admins can address both their short term protection needs and their need for efficient, economical long term retention with a single, truly integrated platform.
But will a bundle like this be enough to motivate companies to actually implement archiving capabilities? Or will they be more likely to forgo the benefits of intelligent archiving and postpone implementation until "next year?" What should data management specialists like CommVault and our resellers/partners do to stimulate adoption of archiving? Let me know what you think about this topic. We want to hear your opinion.
Jeff Dorr is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at CommVault.
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