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According to new research published by CTERA Networks, while enterprises continue to migrate workloads to the cloud at a rapid pace, protection of cloud-based servers and applications has not fully evolved to meet enterprise requirements for business continuity and data availability.

CTERA’s new eBook, ‘Game of Clouds’, showcases the findings of CTERA’s inaugural cloud backup survey, and presents a deep look at the state of enterprise cloud data protection. A CTERA-commissioned study was conducted by independent research firm Vanson Bourne to examine the data protection strategies of 400 IT decision makers and IT specialists in organizations using the cloud for application deployment at US, German and French organizations. The study analyzes the benefits and pitfalls of current backup strategies, offers key considerations for organizations moving to the cloud, and looks at the impact of poor backup practices on business continuity.

Key findings from the research include:

  • Organizations are moving to the cloud at a rapid pace to realize efficiency gains, real-time scalability and cost savings. More than two-thirds (67 percent) of organizations deploy more than 25 percent of their applications in the cloud, and 37 percent plan to grow their cloud use by at least 25 percent, if not more. In addition, 54 percent of organizations are embracing a hybrid cloud strategy that leverages both on-premises and cloud services.
  • Two out of three companies (66 percent) strongly agree or somewhat agree there is less focus on backing up applications in the cloud due to a misconception that the cloud is inherently resilient compared to on-premises applications. This is not a surprise considering that 62 percent of organizations rely on the cloud provider to back up applications running on their platform.
  • As more enterprise applications move to the cloud and threats such as ransomware become more pervasive, the criticality of business continuity prevails. 39 percent of respondents claim that ensuring business continuity is the highest priority when protecting applications and data running in the cloud. And 71 percent of organizations cite data protection and availability as one of the biggest challenges when moving to the cloud.
  • With more than a third of respondents (36 percent) reporting that the loss of data in the cloud would be more catastrophic than their data center / centre crashing, and 14 percent of respondents claiming it would cost them their jobs, the need to get a cloud strategy right the first time is imperative.

“The enterprise’s move beyond traditional data centers has re-written the playbook for data protection in the cloud,” said Jeff Denworth, SVP Marketing, CTERA. “As organizations adopt cloud and multi-cloud strategies, traditional backup tools fall down. Our research spotlights the key data protection considerations and challenges for enterprises as they look for simple, efficient, and automated solutions that protect critical cloud-based applications.”


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