A backup operation is reading/writing from database data files. Note that all backup waits are accumulated for restore operations too

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  1. Investigate volume hosting database files, upgrade if possible
  2. Use backup compression if available
  3. Remove any unused indexes (less data to backup)

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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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