Analyst Christophe Bertrand discusses some of the findings of ESG's latest data protection landscape research.
Hello. My name is Christophe Bertrand and I'm a senior analyst at ESG focused on data protection. We recently conducted our 2018 Data Protection Landscape Survey and uncovered some very interesting trends. In this series of video blogs, we will cover several facets of the everchanging landscape of data protection.
Today, I will discuss the top data protection mandates that organizations have received from their IT leadership. SLA improvement is top of the list, meaning the improvement of recovery point objectives, RPO, and recovery time objectives, RTO, for both data and applications. This is a significant data point as it outlines a business-critical role data protection is playing.
Improving security and compliance is our second critical mandate. Not surprisingly, security has become top of mind with the cybercrime epidemic which seems to have no end in sight. It also outlines the criticality of protecting data assets from improper use or alteration.
Money always matters, that's why cost reduction is our third top mandate when it comes to data protection. Operational cost and efficiencies must be controlled and reduced as IT professionals are asked to do more with less across all disciplines. For end users, this means revisiting your data protection investments and processes regularly, and considering new solutions or different topologies to optimize costs and meet service requirements. For vendors, providing the market with economic benefit of your solution should resonate and help your sales and marketing efforts.
IT leadership is also pushing the use of public cloud as a mandate. That's our fourth top priority. Cloud is perceived as great technology to supplement traditional on-premise topologies. This is a topic that we will spend more time on in the future, so stay tuned.
Our number five mandate is one that highlights the need to fight the ever increasing complexity in IT as it highlights the need to consolidate data protection tools and/or vendors. Our research also indicates that organizations will have backup recovery vendors when they need to in order to protect the workload not covered by their current solution, for example, such as a new type of workload or on the other end of the spectrum, a legacy application. So we will take this fifth one with a grain of salt.
That's all we have time for today, but stay tuned for more coverage of the 2018 Data Protection Landscape. If you'd like to learn more, you can download the full report at ESG's website.