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Survey looks at disaster recovery as a service usage

ClearSky Data has released the results of a recent survey into the state of disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS). The findings reflect the experiences of more than 500 senior-level IT leaders. While respondents were enthusiastic about the potential for DRaaS to improve data protection strategies under limited budgets, the majority have no plans to move to a cloud-only approach, making a strong case for hybrid DR.

ClearSky’s survey asked leaders in a range of industries where they store their data, how often they test their DR strategies, what level of data growth they expect this year and more. The findings confirm data protection remains a critical concern for enterprise IT leaders, who want efficient ways to protect all their data and remain operational in the event of disasters. However, despite cloud advances, 51 percent of respondents said they have no plans to move to cloud-only approaches. About the same number reported they are deployed in hybrid models today.

Other key findings included:

  • Two-thirds of respondents still maintain physical secondary data centers / centres.
  • 41 percent of participants expect data to grow between 20 and 40 percent this year.
  • 40 percent of annual data growth is driven by retention policies.
  • 70 percent of participants perform DR testing once per year or less.

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