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Axcient has published the results of a survey of more than 500 IT professionals at VMworld 2016 aimed at identifying the biggest challenges in building resilience for virtualized IT environments.

The survey found that IT professionals are burdened by IT bloat and sluggish recovery times following a crisis. Notably, 72 percent of respondents indicated that they are using three or more solutions for data protection and disaster recovery. Similarly, nearly 80 percent of respondents stated that, following a catastrophic event, it would take anywhere from more than an hour to several days to get their systems fully up and running again.

"This survey confirms what we already know—IT teams are bogged down with redundant silos of infrastructure and multiple copies of data, and when disaster strikes, they simply don't have the ability to react quickly enough to meet today's IT resilience standards," said Axcient CEO Justin Moore.

Today’s IT leaders are constantly asked to find new ways to deliver higher levels of service at lower cost and with fewer resources. Legacy hardware and software products for non-production workloads stand in the way, as the hub-and-spoke model of legacy infrastructure creates redundant silos for each workload. This not only increases complexity and cost, but drastically limits IT organizations’ ability to quickly respond to incidents, outages and security breaches.

Nearly half of all survey respondents indicated that they would like to see more orchestration in VMware.

Other results from the State of IT Resilience survey include:

  • When asked to rank in order of importance, respondents ranked the following strategic initiatives from most to least important to their business: disaster recovery, data protection, public cloud integration, testing and development, analytics and BI, and finally archiving and compliance / long-term retention.
  • More than 70 percent of respondents indicated having four or more copies of their production data that is being used for other use cases such as data protection and dev/test.
  • More than 40 percent of respondents would like to see better orchestration services offered in VMware.

View the complete survey results (registration required).

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