Disk Is Done When It Comes to Backups

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Using all-flash storage for backups is a subject I first wrote about 11 years ago in a blog post published on Computerworld. Back in 2013, it was an unprecedented idea, but using my crystal ball, I predicted the following: 

The way I see it, a few years from now it will be common to use flash arrays as backup targets, and probably a few years after that we’ll all wonder how we ever used anything else.

I was only slightly off on my timeline. Clearly, using flash for backups is no longer a radical idea, and those who have made the move are thrilled with it. But most backups still land on spinning-disk or hybrid systems. It’s time to shake off that old way of thinking because at this point, using disk for backup just doesn’t make sense.

The Current State of Backups

In a recent CISO roundtable hosted by Pure, we heard that cybersecurity operating models are evolving as data grows and becomes more decentralized. Traditional cybersecurity operating models cannot scale in this new landscape—and that includes traditional backup technologies.

Most backups still go to so-called purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs), such as PowerProtect DD (formerly Data Domain),

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