Challenges related to data protection compromise the ability of companies to initiatives run digital transformation worldwide, as indicated by the Report 2021 of Data Protection Veeam , which concluded that 58% of failed backups and leaves the data unprotected.
The firm indicates in its report that 40% of executives have indicated the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic uncertainty as the main threats to digital transformation in the company during the next twelve months. Veeam has seen inadequate data protection and business continuity challenges from the pandemic hamper business transformation efforts.
“Over the past twelve months, executives around the world have faced a host of new challenges related to ensuring data protection in a highly diverse operating environment,” said Danny Allan, CEO of Technology Resources and Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam. “Due to the pandemic, we have seen companies that have accelerated their digital transformation initiatives by months and years ahead of their original plans in order to continue operating. However, the way in which they manage and protect datait continues to harm them. Business efforts are running into traditional IT systems and outdated data protection functions holding back along with all the time and money now being spent on tackling the most pressing challenges posed by COVID-19. Until these issues are resolved, companies will not be able to enjoy a true transformation . “
Respondents answered that their data protection functions are not able to keep up with the demands of the digital transformation of the company. This represents a threat to business continuity that can potentially have serious consequences for both reputation and business performance.
Despite the key role that backups play in modern data protection , 14% of all data is not backed up and 58% of backups fail, leaving corporate data unprotected and without options for backup. recovery in the event of a system outage due to a cyberattack. In addition, unplanned outages happen with some frequency, 95% of companies have had one in the last twelve months.
One in four servers experienced at least one unplanned outage in the past year, meaning businesses are also aware of the impact of downtime and data loss. What is relevant is that companies are aware of how this affects the results, more than half of the managers responded that these interruptions can cause customers, employees and shareholders to stop trusting the company.
14% of all data is not backed up and 58% of backups fail
“There are two main reasons why backups and restore don’t work: Backups fail or run in such a way that they exceed the allotted backup window, and second, restores fail to meet backup contracts. level of service needed, ”explains Allan. “In short, if the backup failsdata is left unprotected, a major concern for businesses given the impact of data loss and the length of unplanned downtime. This can range from customer complaints to a reduction in the company’s share price. What makes the situation even worse is the fact that the digital threat landscape is evolving at an exponential rate. The result is an indisputable gap between the data protection capacity of companies and their needs within the digital transformation. This deficit must be addressed urgently given the pressure on companies to accelerate the use of cloud-based technologies in order to serve customers in the digital economy ”.
IT Strategies Affected by COVID-19
Managers are aware of the need to take a cloud-first approach and change the way IT is delivered in the face of digital acceleration caused by COVID-19. Many have already done so, 91% have increased the use of cloud services in the first months of the pandemic and most will continue in this line. 60% plan to add more cloud services to their IT strategy. However, although companies recognize the need to accelerate their digital transformation in the next twelve months, 40% are aware that economic uncertainty poses a threat to this type of initiative.
With companies increasingly adopting modern IT services, not having adequate capacity and resources for data protection will pose problems for digital transformation initiatives , and may even cause them to fail.
Executives are already seeing the impact, with 30% admitting that their digital transformation initiatives have slowed down or stopped in the last twelve months. The impediments to transformation touch on different aspects, some of which are: IT teams focusing above all on keeping operations running in the midst of a pandemic (53%), dependence on traditional IT systems (51%) and lack of staff with IT skills to implement new technologies (49%).
Over the next twelve months, IT leaders will attempt to resume digital transformation, seeking immediate solutions to major data protection problems, and one third of these leaders will be interested in bringing data protection to the cloud.
“Without a doubt, one of the biggest changes we have experienced in these twelve months is the digital divide between those who already had a digital transformation plan and those who were less prepared. The former have accelerated their ability to execute and the latter have slowed down, ”concludes Allan. “ Digital resilience is the first step of transformation. In general, companies are embracing the cloud because they urgently want to modernize data protection. In 2023, 77% of companies in the world will use cloud backup, which will increase backup reliability, change cost management and free up IT resources that can focus on digital transformation projects so that the company can stand out in the digital economy ”.
Other highlights from Veeam’s 2021 Data Protection Report include:
· Hybrid IT in physical, virtual and cloud environments: In the next two years, most companies expect to gradually and continuously reduce the number of physical servers, maintaining and strengthening virtualized infrastructure and adopting strategies focused on cloud or “cloud- first “. This will mean that half of production workloads will be hosted in the cloud by 2023, so companies will have to rethink their data protection strategy for these new production environments.
· Rapid growth of cloud backup: Backup is changing from on-premises to cloud-based solutions managed by a service provider. This is clear when looking at its trajectory, which registered 29% in 2020 and is expected to reach 46% by 2023.
· The importance of reliability: “To improve reliability” was the main reason that drove companies around the world to change their primary backup solution, as indicated by 31% of respondents.
Improved return on investment: 22% said that the most important reason for the change was the improvement in the economics of the solution, including a better ROI / TCO (return on investment / total cost of ownership) ratio. ) and a reduction in costs.
· Availability gap: 80% of companies encounter an “availability gap” between how quickly they can retrieve applications and how quickly they need to.
· Reality gap: 76% have a “protection gap” between the frequency with which data is backed up versus the amount of data that can be allowed to be lost in the event of a system outage.
Modern data protection: 46% of companies worldwide will work with a backup as a service (BaaS) provider before 2023 and 51% plan to adopt disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) there time frame.