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The Data Protection Index: Volume II

Sepaton, Inc., has announced the results of Volume II of the Sepaton Data Protection Index, an annual survey of large enterprises in North America and Europe with at least 1,000 employees and at least 50 terabytes of primary data to protect. The survey elicited responses from 93 IT professionals across a wide range of vertical industries to answer questions related to disaster recovery challenges for large enterprise backup environments.

Specific areas covered by the survey included data growth and its impact on data protection resources; business objectives and technical requirements related to data protection; data protection technologies currently in use and planned for the next year; and data protection challenges caused by massive data growth in large enterprises.

The following are key findings based on the survey results:

  • Large enterprise backup environments are replicating more than half of their data to disaster recovery sites. Most respondents to the survey implemented an electronic remote replication strategy for disaster recovery. Nearly half (forty-seven percent) of respondents are replicating more than fifty percent of their data to remote location.
  • Electronic remote replication is a growing trend in large enterprise backup environments. Twenty-one percent have an active-active remote replication strategy in place and forty-one percent have an active-passive replication strategy. This result is noteworthy given that large enterprises have historically moved big data volumes by shipping physical tapes off site.
  • Disaster recovery is still evolving: Despite the growing trend toward electronic replication, a significant number of big data protection environments (eighteen percent) are still making copies of physical tape and storing them off-site. Seventeen percent are still either working without a disaster recovery strategy or in the process of implementing one.
  • Data protection for remote offices is improving slowly. Fifteen percent of data in remote offices and eleven percent of data in main data centers are currently not backed up or protected. This indicates a significant improvement in data protection over the results reported in our 2011 survey, which indicated that more than one third of remote office data was unprotected.

Download the full survey report here (registration required).

•Date: 20th Sept 2012 • Various •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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