Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 60 - Page 20

Michel Nader , Senior
Regional Director , Data Protection and Cyber Recovery Division –
MERAT , Dell Technologies
New GDPI findings
The 2021 Dell Technologies GDPI survey of 1,000 global IT decision makers , including the UAE , shows organisations are combatting continued data growth and increased data protection complexities . The study found that organisations are managing more than 10 times the amount of data than they did five years ago – from 1.45 petabytes in 2016 to 14.6 petabytes in 2021 . Additionally , 76 % of respondents in the UAE are concerned their organisation ’ s existing data protection solutions won ’ t be able to meet all future business challenges . These concerns are well-founded , with more than 35 % reporting data loss and unplanned systems downtime in the UAE last year .
GDPI findings include :
• Sixty-four percent are concerned their existing data protection measures may not be sufficient to cope with malware and ransomware threats , while 72 % agree they have increased exposure to data loss
from cyberthreats with the growth of employees working from home
• More than half ( 56 %) lack confidence that all their business-critical data can be recovered in the event of a destructive cyberattack or data loss
• Three quarters ( 75 %) of the respondents in the UAE believe emerging technologies – such as cloudnative applications , Kubernetes containers , artificial intelligence and machine learning pose a risk to data protection , and the lack of data protection solutions for newer technologies was one of the top three data protection challenges for organisations
• On average , the cost of data loss in the last 12 months is approaching four times higher for organisations using multiple data protection vendors as compared to those using a singlevendor approach
Delivering comprehensive data protection
Dell Technologies is addressing the ever-evolving IT landscape with solutions that help organisations protect traditional and modern workloads with a singular approach . A leader in multi-cloud data protection , Dell protects about seven exabytes of data across all major public cloud providers . Through constant innovation , agile engineering and tight integration with VMware and other industry leaders , Dell continues to be the leading provider of data protection appliances and software globally . In addition , Dell offers one of the industry ’ s most comprehensive portfolios for cyber resilience at the Edge , core data centres and multi-cloud environments , delivered with solutions such as Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery and Dell EMC PowerScale with Superna Eyeglass Ransomware Defender . p
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