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Veeam Data Protection Report 2021

Data Protection Report

2020 is a special year for everyone and business is no exception. The problems that first appeared permanently changed the IT context, creating new challenges for all sectors. Veeam’s recent Data Protection Report 2021 looked at a survey of more than 3,000 businesses worldwide to understand how they approach data protection and management today and future trends.

Challenges for next year

The year 2020 will change the landscape of IT. Economic uncertainty tops the list of challenges predicted by 2021, which are reported by 40% of organizations worldwide, up 11% from the previous year. Businesses are focused on driving growth while ensuring customers’ changing needs are met. This is putting more pressure on data protection, as in times of stress, business continuity becomes critically important, and it depends on having a data protection solution. strong material.

Impact of COVID on data protection needs

COVID-19 also had a special impact on Digital Transformation (DX) efforts. In many cases, the DX plan will slow down due to reallocation efforts and that’s exactly what happened in 30% of organizations. However, there is also a huge increase in DX speed, with 54% of organizations speeding up their DX initiatives. Institutions with a mature DX plan have accelerated investments, however, companies with insufficient efforts tend to pause to focus on sustainability.

What will 2021 bring to an IT strategy? The results show a big change in investment in technology. In fact, just 4% of organizations surveyed did not predict any significant change in 2021.

During the first months of the pandemic, 91% of organizations increased their use of cloud services (31%) significantly. This comes from remote employees using SaaS-based collaboration services, and the growing challenge facing IT in maintaining physical operations on-premises. This trend will continue through 2021, with most organizations planning to add more cloud services and use of the cloud into their technology allocation strategy.

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Actual distance

The increased focus on cloud-based services has a major impact on the data protection trend for IT operations. Incomplete or inadequate backup SLA has led to global data protection challenges for 2021 at 40% (up from 31% in 2019), beating all other metrics. As systems are actively moving to cloud services, the rate of backup failure caused by legacy systems increases the pressure of IT resolution.

To better understand this impact, a simple question poses to Veeam customers: Does your organization have a gap between how quickly you can reinstate an app versus how fast you need it to be. Apparel ?. 80% of all organizations find that they have an “Availability Gap” between how quickly an application can be restored versus how fast it needs it to be restored. According to the next results, 76% of similar organizations say they have a “Protection Gap” between how often data is backed up versus the amount of data that could be lost.

Those results tell us one simple thing: There is a real gap in most organizations between business and IT. Today’s old data protection systems are inadequate and in dire need of change. When asked about the catalyst for change, 36% of respondents said to improve RPO / RTO SLA, 31% to improve backup reliability, and 30% to reduce costs.

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What is the reason behind the need to improve RPO / RTO SLA and backup reliability? On average, 23% of servers have at least one expected downtime in the past 12 months (36% of organizations report up to 50% of their servers down at least once). Any unexpected downtime means data loss, and without full backup procedures, data loss can be permanent.

Is the data effectively protected with legacy backup?

A misconception is still ongoing: that even with the legacy backup, essential data and applications can be backed up and restored. This is not true. With current legacy backup, there is still a lack of core functionality to provide backup and recovery capabilities.

On average, 37% of the time, organizations show that their backup job ends up with errors or cannot be completed in their allotted backup window. That means more than a third of all backups may not be recoverable. Research also indicates that one-third (34%) of all restorations are irreversible during the expected SLA.

All of this means that with current old data protection, only 63% of the backups are successful AND 66% of the restores are successful. Eventually, you will be able to recover less than half of the total data. (42%).

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Next-gen data protection solutions

The need for modern data protection is more pressing today than ever, especially in the accelerated landscape of Cloud computing and modern delivery practices as well as practical issues of backup and restore. But what is the true modern data protection solution?

According to 3000 study participants, integrated data protection and security (35%), cloud workload mobility (36%), and disaster recovery via cloud services (DRaaS) (38%) top the list.

Obviously, modern data protection needs to support the vast diversity of the organization’s IT platforms (cloud, SaaS, virtual, physical), ensuring data is secure, accessible, and can be used for purposes like DevOps and analytics, and ultimately allows for consistent and unified data protection.

current data protection solutions

The future of backup and disaster recovery is Cloud

The cloud is having a significant impact on modern backups. As organizations modernize IT services, we also see steady growth in cloud-based data protection. The results also show the growth of BaaS (Backup-protection-as-a-Service) with an estimated 11% increase until 2021. Meanwhile, self-managed backups using cloud services growth will be stagnant, with growth averaging 1% per year globally. The notable result here is the decline in on-prem tool usage, which is expected to be down 15% from the current level within two years.

Usually, DR follows the trend of backup modernization, tightly bound to the platforms. With the development of modern cloud-based data protection, the results also show a 28% increase through 2023 compared with DRaaS’s early approaches.

2023 anticipated

The pressure is on

The reality is clear; legacy backup takes time and money while the data is still risky. It prevents you from unleashing the full potential of your data and cannot guarantee 100% protection and recovery. Modern data protection can provide a high level of reliability and outstanding operability, ensuring your data is always protected and ready, as well as many other economic and productivity benefits. Recently, Veeam sponsored IDC Research to develop a white paper that targets economic results. Some of those results, as well as other findings, are included below to introduce measurable benefits.

Digital resiliency

Data protection costs and efforts increase as legacy backups continue to struggle to support modern services and innovation. Today’s customers have no confidence that their data on all platforms are fully protected and recoverable.

Enterprises that deploy state-of-the-art data protection solutions are 50% lower in cost of backing up and restoring data over 5 years, and 55% more effective in backing up and restoring data groups. They also see operational improvements through meeting 55% more RPO and 58% more RTO goals – all while ensuring their data is fully mobile via the cloud.

Data accessibility and management

Smart data management increases availability through automatic and instant recovery, keeps data platforms running well without manual intervention, and reduces compliance risks. Processed data management reduces efficiency and can increase recovery time. Systems need automated processes to simplify management and recovery while minimizing risks.

Data accessibility is the result of well-managed systems and defined data practice processes. Well-managed data provides near-perfect availability and uninterrupted accessibility, both data reliability and integrity. Businesses have adopted a powerful data management platform that experiences IT infrastructure teams 30% more efficiently, incident response times are 72% faster, and data loss cases are less than 33%.

More than just backup — driving innovation

Innovation is accelerating when data is easily accessible. Legacy backup retains data, does not allow reuse, while modern data management can help free them up, driving business goals faster. Backup is no longer just a backup.

By reusing data stuck in backups, organizations can drive richer and faster business analytics, decision-making, and customer development and experience. Businesses that do this have 11% higher developer productivity, lower compliance risks and test failure (17%), and 82% less employee time due to data loss.


With the rapidly changing IT strategy and faster adoption of modern services, data protection is under more pressure than ever to support and help businesses grow. Don’t just stop at backup; Organizations are looking for more from their data protection systems – lower costs, higher automation, intelligence and data reuse, to name a few.

With the rapid adoption of cloud-based services, mainly due to the impact of COVID-19, legacy data protection compromises organizations’ ability to protect critical data. As organizations seek to modernize their business practices, data protection must remain an important component of the plan.

By leveraging Veeam backup technology and AWS storage services, customers get a secure and efficient backup solution while saving business costs. Leveraging the backup strengths of Veeam and AWS storage, with the goal of delivering the best data protection solutions, VTI Cloud partnered with Veeam Vietnam to host a Seminar – Next-Gen Data Protection with Veeam & AWS on April 29th. See more at the following link: [FREE SEMINAR] Next-Gen Data Protection with Veeam & AWS | VTI CLOUD

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