Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 78 - Page 22



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The pace for change in IT continues to rise , but how exactly are companies adapting for Modern Data Protection ? Between October and December 2021 , an independent research firm surveyed over 3,000 IT decision makers and IT professionals about their IT and data protection drivers and strategies heading into 2022 . Almost all respondents were from organisations with more than 1,000 employees – from 28 different countries , including 334 from Middle East and Africa .

On average , respondents expected their organisation ’ s budget for data protection , including both backup and BC / DR , to increase by 5.9 % globally in 2022 – 6.0 % in Middle East and Africa . Recognising the unique circumstances of IT on-premises stagnation during the pandemic quarantine and resulting supply chain issues , as well as the acceleration of cloud initiatives for the same reasons , it is understandable that 2022 would see significant investments in data protection to adjust for the diverse production environments now in use today .
As the third annual study of Data Protection Trends , this year ’ s survey was designed to quantify the shifts in overall concerns / goals and strategies for data protection , as well as gain an understanding of the current market landscape on data protection , Disaster Recovery , cybersecurity / ransomware and containers .
With over 8,000 global data points from three consecutive years of this survey , it is clear that “ the new normal ” for modern IT is approximately 50 / 50 between on-premises servers and cloud-hosted servers . Within the data centre , there is a consistent expectation for both physical and virtual platforms . Within cloud , there is a healthy mix of using both hyperscale and MSP-hosted infrastructures . p
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