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UK enterprise data protection survey

SEPATON has published the results of a survey of British senior IT and storage professionals of enterprise businesses with an average of more than 100 terabytes of critical data to protect.

The first stage of the survey concluded in November 2011 and elicited responses from 50 UK enterprise IT and storage managers at large enterprises. The objective of the survey was to gauge real-world views of the greatest data backup and restore challenges currently facing large UK businesses today.

The survey results strongly reflect industry concerns over a perceived underestimation of the importance of a robust data protection strategy, as well as a general uncertainty over continuing abilities to meet ever more challenging backup windows by regularly improving data storage performance.

Key findings include:

  • An alarming 80 percent of enterprise data storage managers believe that senior management underestimates the importance of a data protection strategy, despite just 12 percent believing that underfunding of data storage is preventing them meeting business requirements, and just 2 percent worried that a lack of funds is forcing them short of regulatory requirements;
  • The greatest business challenges that data managers feel they need to overcome are: continuing to meet backup windows through faster performance (70 percent); better protection for business critical applications (52 percent); higher levels of data security for stored or archived information (52 percent); and streamlining business processes in general (46 percent);
  • Of all the characteristics and skills that respondents felt were desirable in a great storage manager, experience understandably topped the list with 76 percent, while awareness of emerging technologies (62 percent), communications skills (54 percent) and attention to detail (54 percent) also score well. Conflict resolution wasn’t deemed particular important with just 14 percent making the skill a priority, while just 4 percent singled out a good work/life balance;
  • Just 2 percent of data managers said it was easy to receive budget to fund new storage initiatives, with 38 percent claiming it was usually ok, 56 percent saying that it was sometimes possible, and a disconcerting 12 percent admitting it just wasn’t ever possible;

The SEPATON British Data Protection Survey is an ongoing review of the UK market and data protection challenges faced by large enterprises. The survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/British-big-data

•Date: 15th December 2011 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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