Virtualisation and cloud could threaten data protection, study finds

Organisations are highly engaged with disruptive technologies, such as virtualisation and cloud computing, that create new business value and potentially replace other technologies in use, according to the latest State of Resilience report from Vision Solutions.

Organisations are highly engaged with disruptive technologies, such as virtualisation and cloud computing, that create new business value and potentially replace other technologies in use, according to the latest State of Resilience report from Vision Solutions.

More companies have virtualised their servers for production applications in 2011 than ever before in response to demands for around-the-clock data and application availability.

The number of organisations that have implemented or are planning to implement cloud computing has also gone up, with the proportion of companies using or adopting cloud in 2012 expected to reach 45%.

However, the report said new technologies do not necessarily guarantee efficient, automated data protection and recovery.

Greater system complexity requires a comprehensive approach to data protection management, the report said, because while individual back-up solutions might be easy to implement, configuring multiple products into a comprehensive protection plan requires deep expertise.

“True resilience calls for cohesive protection solutions integrated for interoperability and ease of use. Businesses must consider a single protection scheme that spans multiple platforms,” the report said.

Overall, IT shops experienced more unrecoverable data loss and showed greater tolerance for data loss, the study revealed. “Clearly, these are vulnerabilities that must be addressed,” the report said.

Findings also show that professionals' confidence in their disaster recovery plans decreased significantly in 2011.

Business directives to provide 24/7 data availability to users appear to be driving the adoption of high-performance, high-availability technology, however organisations must align their data protection schemes strategically and operationally with these business directives, the report said.

“Far-seeing enterprises are taking a fresh view of resilience, focusing on business profitability via availability of data at any time, in any place," said Alan Arnold, chief technology officer at Vision Solutions.

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