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Cloud Investments Grow While Data Protection Lags Behind: Arcserve Research:

69% of ANZ IT decision-makers expect an increase in multi-cloud investments

Arcserve’s annual independent global research found that over a quarter (27%) of IT decision-makers (ITDMs) in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) falsely believe that cloud providers are responsible for protecting and recovering data in the public cloud. This misconception of data protection responsibility can lead to increased vulnerability, especially amid a growing cloud investment trend for the cloud.

The Arcserve annual global survey uncovers a consistent misperception regarding the responsibility for data stored in public clouds. In 2019, 46% of ITDMs globally believed it was the cloud provider’s responsibility. The misconception persisted in 2020, with 44% believing the same, and now stands at 43% in the latest research. The research highlights several additional factors that reveal a concerning lag in data protection, including:

●       80% of ITDMs in ANZ surveyed believe cloud backups are safer than on-premises backups, above the global average of 64%.
●       One-third (33%) in ANZ reported poorly documented disaster recovery plans. 
●       37% of ANZ respondents reported that their organisation’s disaster recovery plans were not updated. 

Said David Lenz, vice president of Asia Pacific at Arcserve: “Organisations need to understand that data protection and recovery responsibility lies with them, not with the cloud provider. The time to act is now, particularly amid growing hybrid and multi-cloud adoption as proven by our annual research with some 85% of ANZ ITDMs expecting to increase hybrid cloud investments and 69% expecting to increase multi-cloud investment.”

About the research 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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