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Arcserve has announced findings from its annual independent global research study which show that businesses are failing to adequately consider remote working in their data backup and recovery plans.

In the research study of experiences and attitudes of IT decision makers (ITDMs), participants reported whether they had a backup and recovery solution in place for remote workers:

  • One-third have backup and recovery systems in place for all remote employees;
  • 23 percent said they had no backup and recovery solution in place for any of their remote workers;
  • 39 percent had plans in place for some workers but not all;
  • Only 3 percent said they had no remote employees.

For those companies that do a remote backup, there was a considerable variance in the level of importance placed on them:

  • 46 percent believe that there is no difference in backing up on-site employees;
  • 39 percent of companies said they had better systems in place for on-site employees;
  • 15 percent said they had better backup systems for remote employees.

The study also looked at whether the rise in hybrid working and multi-cloud operations has increased the complexity of managing and protecting data:

  • 82 percent of ITDMs said that hybrid and multi-cloud strategies increase the complexity and vulnerability of data flow;
  • 87 percent say changes in compliance and data privacy have impacted them. The most significant impact is an increase in costs.

The research was conducted by Dimensional Research: 1,121 IT decision-makers completed the survey. All participants had a budget or technical decision-making responsibility for data management, data protection, and storage solutions at a company with 100 - 2,500 employees and at least 5 TB of data. The survey was fielded in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada (North America).

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