Over three-quarters of organizations experienced some kind of data-related disruption in the last 12 months, according to new report data from Dell EMC.

Backup and recovery tends to be thought of as an “insurance policy”. But new data in Dell EMC’s Global Data Protection Index report  shows data protection issues are definitely a “when” and not an “if”. According to the report, in the last 12 months:

  • 41% of organizations experienced unplanned downtime
  • 28% experienced data loss
  • 27% experienced an inability to recover data

So, what’s keeping mid-market and enterprise organizations from having proper data protection?

According to Dell EMC, a number of factors are troubling organizations around their data protection, including:

  • 46% of organizations cite complexity of configuring and operating data protection software and/or hardware
  • 46% also cite ballooning costs of storing and managing backup copies because of rapid data growth
  • 35% cite an inability to meet backup windows because of hardware performance or network bottlenecks

Part of the challenge here is that organizations continue to attempt to address data protection and disaster recovery on their own. IT organizations are already stretched thin addressing issues around security, cloud adoption, DevOps, and more; ensuring appropriate recoverability requires dedicated focus and expertise.

Organizations should leverage enterprise cloud service providers that solely focus on helping achieve operational resiliency and availability by offering managed services that include cloud-based disaster recovery and infrastructure. The nearly half of organizations that cannot keep up with their backup environment complexity, the cost of storage, or the backup performance necessary should consider utilizing an expert cloud service provider that has seen and done it all before, rather than relying on internal teams.