Gartner Research

Challenging Common Practices for Backup Retention

Published: 07 July 2015

ID: G00278794

Analyst(s): Dave Russell, Pushan Rinnen


Common practices for backup retention significantly drive up backup infrastructure cost and add complexity to backup management. This research provides I&O leaders with insights on why these common practices no longer make sense and offers practical advice on designing backup retention.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Decouple the Retention Need for Recovery and the Retention Need for E-Discovery and Compliance
  • Design New Backup Retention Policies Based on Recovery History and a Cost-Versus-Risk Analysis

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