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Key indicators of perception gap, supported by research findings:
Optimizing resilience planning, the report says, plays an important role in minimizing the financial burden and negative impact of IT-related business disruption. These types of disruptions, the research details, are costing organizations significantly:
The white paper concludes that because most respondents have not optimized their IT resilience strategy, cloud and transformation initiatives are at risk of delay or failure.
However, 90% of respondents indicated intent to increase their IT resilience investments over the next two years.
For many organizations, efforts to improve resilience are taking place against a backdrop of changing data protection and disaster recovery needs:
Interestingly, almost 100% of respondents anticipate cloud playing a role in their organization's future disaster recovery or data protection plans. But today, according to respondents, integrated adoption of cloud-based protection solutions remains low:
Currently only 12.4% of IT budgets (on average) are spent on IT resilience hardware/software/cloud solutions.
Phil Goodwin, Research Director, IDC, commented:
“These survey results indicate that most respondents have not optimized their IT resilience strategy, evidenced by the high levels of IT and business-related disruptions. However, the majority of organizations surveyed will undertake a transformation, cloud, or modernization project within the next two years. This illustrates the need for all organizations to begin architecting a plan for IT resilience to ensure the success of these initiatives.”
He added, “Without such a plan, the high prevalence of disruptive events, unplanned downtime, and data loss indicated by respondents will continue to put cloud and transformation initiatives at risk of delay or failure — creating a financial burden and negative impact to an organization's competitive advantage.”
Avi Raichel, CIO, Zerto, commented:
“The resilience of business IT is under constant pressure. Malicious attacks and outages are causing enormous levels of disruption, and it’s clear that for many organizations their ability to avoid and mitigate IT-related disruption is not where it needs to be, and is actually holding back their ability to focus on innovating. IT leaders and professionals clearly understand the pressing requirement for better resilience, and it’s to everyone’s benefit that the momentum behind IT resilience is really building.”