Data protection survey highlights enterprise IT concerns

SEPATON, a vendor of disk-based data protection systems, recently announced the results of its annual SEPATON Data Protection Index, a survey of IT professionals in enterprises with at least 1,000 employees and at least 50TB of primary data. The survey, which was conducted during the second quarter of 2011, tabulated results from 168 IT professionals. The survey was intended to elicit concerns about data protection and disaster prevention issues facing enterprise data centers.

According to SEPATON, survey results indicate a growing concern among IT professionals in large enterprises about their ability to adequately protect increasing volumes of data and increasingly complex storage environments.

The survey results indicate that rampant data growth continues to be the major data protection challenge facing enterprise IT staff. A third of the respondents reported data growth exceeding 30% annually. Data protection in branch offices and more effective data recovery solutions are also major concerns. The survey indicates that enterprises are adding primary and backup storage systems to meet increasing requirements, and, in addition to direct costs, this is requiring many additional hours of IT staff time to protect systems. Nearly 70% felt their organizations fell short on data protection. Respondents also expressed concerns about their ability to efficiently recover in an emergency. Fifty-seve percent of respondents responded to the question "How well does your current disaster recovery (DR) testing prepare you for a real disaster?" with moderately or poorly.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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