The Virtualization Data Protection Report 2013 builds upon the key findings from previous years to track the progress of enterprise-level organizations’ data protection strategies for their virtual environments. Where previous reports looked at broad trends around data protection before focusing more closely on specific techniques such as server replication, this year’s
report investigates whether organizations are confident in data protection for their virtual environments.
It identifies specific issues CIOs are having with their virtual environments and suggests some of the underlying causes behind this. In particular it highlights how capabilities, complexity and cost are still the key challenges for organizations wishing to consistently protect their most critical servers and the data they manage. Currently, 88% of CIOs are experiencing issues around capability, 84% around complexity and 87% around cost.
This report shows how attempts to ”retrofit” data protection by applying physical world tools and techniques to the virtual environment continue to hold back the technology’s true potential.
The concluding sections of the report outline some of the actions organizations are taking to deal with the challenges they face in implementing data protection in their virtual environments. For example, 58% of CIOs plan to change their tools for backing up virtual environments in the next 2 years.
The report is based on an online survey conducted in November and December 2012 by Vanson Bourne, an independent market research organization, of 500 CIOs from organizations across the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and France that employ more than 1,000 people. The report is sponsored by Veeam Software.