Key Findings
  1. More than half (56%) of respondents have experienced a significant shift in focus regarding their data management priorities owing to COVID-19.

  2. The majority (70%) reported that no transition was required as users were able to continue working as normal, while for about a quarter (24%) the transition was still in progress.

  3. More than a third (35%) plan to use legacy data to generate new revenue streams.

  4. When it comes to cloud strategy, most companies (56%) have opted for a hybrid approach, while 27% have a cloud-first strategy. Only 6% are “still thinking about it”.

  5. When asked about the main obstacle they face in trying to achieve a complete cloud solution, the majority of respondents said it’s a combination of these factors: cost, complexity, data sovereignty, and data security.

  6. 38% have already migrated to the public cloud; 24% are good to go, and 33% are still in research phase.

  7. Cost savings (53%) and better SLAs (52%) are the top two reasons for adopting a cloud offering. Better security came in third (38%).

  8. The biggest concerns in providing offsite business continuity are slow/expensive connectivity (47%), understanding costs (43%) and data sovereignty (37%).

  9.  91% list business continuity as the No 1 priority for their organisation.

  10. The primary considerations when designing their DR strategy are these three, in almost equal measure: guaranteed recoverability (58%); flexible failover/failback options (57%); fast restore functionality (55%).

  11. With regards to new projects, 39% prefer a subscription model while 34% prefer owning the solution on premises.

  12.  Just over a half of respondents (54%) said they were likely to invest in Cloud Data Security solutions in the next 12 months.