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AWS re:Invent Attendees: Although 9 of 10 IT Pros Have Lost Data, 47% Wait up to a Month or More to Back Up; Half Don’t Back Up More Because They Forget to Do It

CloudBerry Lab, a vendor of backup and management solutions for public cloud storage services, today announced the surprising results from a survey conducted at the AWS re:Invent, conference, the largest gathering of the global Amazon Web Services community. Analysis of the results indicate that 88% of the IT pros surveyed admitted that they have lost data due to hardware failure, data corruption, malware or accidental deletion of a file. Even more surprisingly, despite this high incidence of data loss, 38% have never tested the recoverability of their backed-up data and 47% wait up to a month or more to back up.

The CloudBerry Lab survey collected responses from 100 qualified IT professionals, including developers, architects and technical decision makers attending the 2014 AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, taking place November 11 - 14, 2014. Event attendees spanned a wide cross-section of industries in organizations ranging in size from small and medium-sized businesses to large enterprises. Respondents were asked questions related to digital data backup and recovery practices.

Other key findings Include: 
  • The death of tape is imminent: Just 5% of respondents indicated that they still use tape or other removable media for backup.
  • Most forget to back up at home: Exactly half of respondents, 50%, indicated that they don't back up their personal data more frequently because they "simply forget to do it."
  • Unsecured backups are fairly common: Nearly one third - 32% - of the IT pros surveyed indicated they either knew they were not protected or didn't know whether their backups were secured (e.g., encrypted, password-protected, etc.).
  • Cloud is the future home of all data: Nearly half of all those surveyed - 49% - believe that more than half of all digital information currently resides in the cloud. 93% believe that in just five years more than half the data in the universe will live in the cloud. One quarter of respondents - 25% - said they expect more than 90 percent of all digital data to be stored in the cloud by 2019.

CloudBerry Labs' Managed Backup Service offering is designed to meet the stringent standards MSPs and IT resellers have for backup and disaster recovery solutions, enabling customers to conduct bare metal/system state restores, as well as restorations of individual files and applications, including Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange. It also allows organizations to select from a number of cloud services providers, including Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, or any S3-compatible storage. CloudBerry Managed Backup can be fully re-branded and customized, allowing providers to create their own branded solution offerings.

Published Friday, November 14, 2014 6:43 PM by David Marshall
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