The study, Closing Backup and Recovery Gaps, asked more than 1,000 IT professionals, business executives and backup administrators about their data protection strategies and found that despite a desire for business continuity, organizations still struggle to take all of the necessary steps to fully secure their business’ data.
According to the report, the rise of multi-cloud and multi-site environments has resulted in 57% of respondents saying they have to back up more than two sites for their organization, while 7% of respondents manage backups for more than 26 sites.
“When you combine this data with the new push for multi-cloud deployments, it’s clear the simpler days of companies managing a single site and on-premises architecture are a thing of the past. This makes remote management a key consideration for any backup and recovery solution, to help save valuable IT time and effort during day-to-day tasks and urgent recovery efforts,” the report said.
When looking at the number of small to medium-size businesses (SMBs), over 60% have migrated to Office 365. Of those, 40% are not using backup tools because they assume their cloud provider handles backup and disaster recovery.
Databases (91%), email (68%) and proprietary application data (62%) are the most common types of data that respondents said they are backing up, but the report found that, “Increasingly, everything is deemed mission critical.”
A large number of respondents (37%) are backing up multimedia data, and more than a quarter (28%) back up research and development data. “However, of some concern is the small number of respondents (16%) wanting to back up their SaaS data. This inaction is putting their business continuity at risk,” the report said.
Despite the risk management capabilities of cloud backup, over half (59%) of respondents do not plan to migrate on-premise services to the cloud, with only 18% of respondents reporting that they are currently migrating.