A backup operation is waiting for data or a buffer for data (to write for backups and to read for restores). Note that all backup waits are accumulated for restore operations too

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  1. Investigate whether backups are going to a slow device, upgrade device if possible
  2. Use backup compression if available

Additional research

Backup Wait Statistics

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Consider using ApexSQL Monitor, a Windows and SQL Server monitoring tool able to track SQL Server wait types, including the individual query wait statistics

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