EVault’s Annual Cloud-Connected Backup and Recovery Survey Discovers IT
Challenged with Managing More and More Data, Turning to Hybrid Environments
Survey Findings Also Show IT Starting to Take Action on Pressing BYOD Issues
SAN FRANCISCO -- January 22, 2013
In its second-annual survey released today, EVault, Inc., a Seagate Company
(NASDAQ:STX), revealed that half of all organizations surveyed in the USA, UK,
France, Germany, and the Netherlands say they are managing more data now than
they were a year ago, and 70 percent of those same organizations expect that
the volumes of data they manage will only continue to climb. Faced with these
realities, the survey found that within the group of IT leaders not currently
benefiting from a hybrid (onsite and offsite) data protection environment,
more than 60 percent are either planning or considering one. Cloud backup and
storage, a key component of hybrid environments, is now seen as an important
way to manage the ever-increasing volumes of data. 66 percent of IT people
surveyed said their organizations will increase the amount of data they store
in the cloud by 2015. The US is most bullish about storing data in the cloud,
with 85 percent of American IT leaders responding they would increase cloud
usage in the next few years.
Within organizations already benefiting from a hybrid data protection
environment, 74 percent report they needed the increased flexibility a hybrid
approach brings to their data management infrastructure, which becomes more
and more important as data volumes increase. Improved data security was why 66
percent moved from their old backup and recovery tools to an onsite and
offsite data protection solution. 57 percent of all IT leaders surveyed prefer
their hybrid solution because their rapidly growing business critical data
requires protection against natural disaster and theft.
“The EVault community leads the industry in embracing and promoting onsite,
cloud, and cloud-connected – also known as hybrid – data protection solutions
to help organizations protect and access their critical data. EVault’s
uniquely integrated ecosystem of EVault software, SaaS, managed services, and
appliances help ensure customers maintain business continuity in
multi-platform, multi-site environments,” said Terry Cunningham, president and
general manager of EVault. “This year’s survey demonstrates that data
protection, disaster recovery, and other storage services optimized to perform
in a distributed environment, supported by a secure, reliable cloud storage
infrastructure is what customers want as they look to strategies to manage
volumes of data that will only continue to climb.”
IT Decision-Makers Under Stress with the Data Management Burden
EVault’s 2011 survey revealed some startling admissions from IT
decision-makers. Chief among these were the 17 percent who would rather have
their teeth pulled without using painkillers than have to inform their bosses
of a critical data loss. A year later, it’s apparent that IT teams are still
anxious when it comes to sharing bad news with company leadership.
24 percent of respondents in the survey admitted to not telling their CEOs
they are not backing up all files, especially those on mobile devices. The
stress of data management continues to burden IT decision-makers; 38 percent
admit they worry about their data not being saved securely or whether any work
has been backed up at all. This worry is well-founded. In 2011, 31 percent of
organizations had experienced data loss within the last 12 months — on average
twice, but in 2012 this has increased to 53 percent experiencing a loss.
“The IT insight section of our annual survey always reveals fascinating
details about the personalities inside the IT department, and the pressures
they are under. They continue to struggle with data loss, management of data
growth, keeping up-to-date with new technologies, and are now grappling with
the reality of employees using personal devices at work, and how that further
impacts their data growth and management issues,” Cunningham said.
Mobile Devices—A Growing Concern
While year-over-year and country-by-country figures of employees storing
company data on their phones held steady at 22 percent (in the US it is up to
32 percent), an overwhelming majority of IT leaders — 94 percent — have
concerns about the mix of personal and corporate data used by employees on
their own mobile devices. 67 percent of IT leaders surveyed expressed concerns
about the retention and security of their data, and its possible deletion from
a mobile device. Meanwhile, an additional 57 percent highlighted worries about
the legal issues that could stem from the BYOD (bring your own device) trend.
IT leaders in this study are just starting to address the issue. While almost
all of the organizations surveyed – 96 percent – have at least some employees
who have mobile devices they use for work, and 24 percent of IT leaders
themselves admit to having lost data from a mobile device, only 28 percent of
organizations surveyed currently have a disaster recovery plan which includes
mobile devices. IT appears ready to start addressing this problem, with a
large number of respondents believing they would benefit from implementing
some policy controls. For example, 55 percent of those surveyed believe their
organization would benefit from administrative controls enabling the ability
to delete data from any mobile device possessing company data.
”As the proliferation of devices and their functionality increases so does the
likelihood that employees will become more reliant on them for company use.
Without a conscious plan for protecting data on mobile devices, companies’
data management strategies will have more holes than Swiss cheese,” Cunningham
said. “It is great news that 32 percent of the IT leaders surveyed are
planning to implement a strategy to manage data loss from mobile devices
including laptops, smartphones and tablets, and that 43 percent are planning
or considering a disaster recovery plan for 2013. We predict that this
percentage will be even greater in the next three years.”
For a visual representation of the survey, see the accompanying infographic.
More Survey Analysis to Come
Over the coming weeks and months EVault will release further insights and
analysis from its second-annual cloud-connected backup and recovery survey.
EVault anticipates a more detailed view of each country including a comparing
and contrasting of leaders and laggards across key areas like disaster
recovery and data backup, BYOD and CIO insights. EVault will also break down
responses from the survey’s SMB and large enterprise organizations as well as
some vertical industries highlighted in the research.
This analysis will be found on EVault’s blog, which can be subscribed to at
EVault commissioned Vanson Bourne, an independent research company, to conduct
this study of trends in data storage and related services. Between October and
November of 2012, Vanson Bourne interviewed 650 IT decision-makers from
companies ranging in size from 100 to 3,000+ employees. Respondents
represented a range of industries (financial services, retail, healthcare,
legal, education, and government) in multiple countries (USA, UK, France,
Germany, and the Netherlands).
More than 38,000 companies rely on EVault cloud-connected backup and recovery
services. Delivered by a team of data recovery experts and using the very best
cloud-connected technology, EVault backup solutions seamlessly integrate
on-premises and online backup data protection for fast, local data access and
ensured cloud disaster recovery. Optimized for distributed environments and
backed by an ironclad cloud, EVault technology also powers the offerings of
cloud services providers, data centers, telcos, ISVs, and many others. EVault
is a Seagate Company.
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