Top 5 Data Protection Challenges

Secure, efficient, cost-effective data protection is a constant challenge for businesses. Organizations with limited IT resources and continual data growth seek better solutions. Key challenges include rapid data growth, data security threats, and reliable data recovery. Cloud data protection leverages existing infrastructure to securely and cost-effectively protect business data.

Business Challenges: It’s a Struggle Just to Keep Up

Rapid Data Growth. Data-intensive applications continue to accelerate data growth. IDC estimates 1.7MB of data created per minute per human in 2014.1 More data requires businesses to expand IT systems cost-effectively

Increased Regulation. Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) is just one compliance challenge. In a 2014 study, 53 percent of large organizations spend over $1 million on compliance each year. Additionally, 25 percent of mid-size businesses spend the same amount each year.2

Lack of Central Control over Dispersed Business Environments. IT staff managing offsite backups have major challenges. Oftentimes, untrained coworkers conduct backup activities such as swapping out and replacing tape. Managing redundant hardware and software in multiple remote branch locations adds to the complexity and costs.

Increasing Rate of Recovery Failure. Viruses, accidental data deletion, and data corruption jeopardize business continuity. As systems grow more complex, so too does the ability to adequately recover business-critical data. More than 40 percent of businesses experience recovery failure due to media unreliability each year.3

Human Error. Bad software updates and accidental deletes constitute 32 percent of application downtime and data loss.4 According to recent Gartner industry surveys, the average downtime incident costs businesses $5,600 per minute—more than $300,000 per hour.5

Can Cloud Data Protection Overcome the Challenges?

Technology improvements increase the adoption of cloud data protection solutions. Enterprise Strategy Group explains that 70 percent of businesses were using cloud services in 2014.6

Centralized Management Improves Data Security. Cloud data protection centralizes resources, improving security and reliability of backup tasks. Cloud solutions transfer backups from multiple offices to a central repository for easy, more cost-effective management.

The Cloud Provides Greater Reliability. Cloud data protection improves recovery reliability by eliminating hardware dependencies and time-intensive manual processes, automating tasks. Deduplication and compression techniques reduce the volume of data traveling across the network. Greater reliability ensures you are restoring the right data quickly with minimal dependencies.

Moving From Capex to Opex Reduces Costs. Businesses are able to store data directly in the cloud, eliminating costly capital expenditures.Businesses don’t need to buy capacity up front—they can move to a cost-effective, pay-as-you-grow model.

The answer to your data protection challenges may just be in the Cloud.

A cloud data protection solution protects your organization’s investments. Solutions can integrate with the applications and the virtual environments you already have in place. You get the data security and availability your business demands. When your backup and recovery solution includes end-to-end data security, guaranteed fast recovery, centralized management, and cost-effective scaling, you can focus on strategic business priorities.


  1. IDC’s Digital Universe Study
  2. 2 Protiviti, Keeping Pace with SOX Compliance: COSO, Costs and the PCAOB, 2014.
  3. Yankee Group survey, March 2004
  4. Merrill Lynch/McKinsey report, 2002
  5. Gartner Blog Network, July 16, 2014
  6. 2014 IT Spending Intentions, Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc.