IT Modernization Presents Opportunities, Risks for Industry Pros

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2017-01-30
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    IT Modernization Presents Opportunities, Risks for Industry Pros

    A survey by Vision Solutions find that decision-makers are challenged by ensuring critical business data is available and secure when updating their IT systems.
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    The Current State of Data Storage
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    The Current State of Data Storage

    The way companies store and protect data is changing rapidly, according to the data. Tape backups, which were used by about 80 percent of organizations in 2010, now are being used by 65 percent in 2016. Meanwhile, virtual tapes and clustering, which in 2010 had just 20 percent and 30 percent market share, respectively, have grown in popularity. Virtual tape, for instance, is now employed at 30 percent of companies.
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    A Look at Data Failure and Loss
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    A Look at Data Failure and Loss

    Data failure and loss are common occurrences. In fact, 49 percent of companies reported experiencing a loss or failure, and nearly 20 percent said they lost up to a day’s worth of work when it happened. IT professionals now are forced to work faster than ever to get data back, though in more than 20 percent of cases, information was lost due to a company not having a backup.
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    Data Center Downtime Costs Plenty
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    Data Center Downtime Costs Plenty

    Scrambling to get a company back up and running after downtime is critical to the bottom line. Fourteen percent of companies said their downtime cost them more than $500,000 and 6 percent reported a cost between $100,000 and $500,000. Nearly 70 percent of companies said downtime cost the company up to $50,000.
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    Who Has a Disaster Recovery Plan?
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    Who Has a Disaster Recovery Plan?

    Given that, IT professionals increasingly are being pushed to create a disaster recovery plan that can be implemented to regain access to data and get people working. However, 9 percent of respondents said they don’t have a disaster recovery plan. Only 16 percent of IT professionals feel completely confident in the plan they have.
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    There Are Various Reasons for Data Migration
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    There Are Various Reasons for Data Migration

    Data migration to various platforms is an important task in the corporate world, but it often taxes IT resources, survey respondents said. Still, the pressure the business side places on IT requires migrations. In 56 percent of cases, companies are migrating data to replace outdated servers, 46 percent of migrations occur to improve performance and 45 percent are aimed at improving storage hardware.
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    A Look at Migration Challenges
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    A Look at Migration Challenges

    There are several challenges to migrating data, the respondents reported. In 44 percent of cases, staff working overtime was considered the biggest challenge. System downtime and validation of data integrity were cited as other challenges in migration by 42 percent and 29 percent of respondents, respectively.
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    Here’s Why Organizations Need to Share Data Between Databases
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    Here’s Why Organizations Need to Share Data Between Databases

    Although sharing data between databases can be time- and resource-intensive, nearly 60 percent of IT professionals say they do it to consolidate data housed at disparate locations into a single warehouse. A need for business intelligence was cited by 54 percent of respondents who also share data between databases.
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    Enterprises at Various Stages of Cloud Migration
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    Enterprises at Various Stages of Cloud Migration

    The Vision Solutions survey found that 35 percent of respondents are currently using the cloud, although that figure is expected to skyrocket in the coming years. For those companies currently using the cloud, 52 percent use hosted private cloud, while 46 percent employ public cloud solutions. In addition, 4 in 10 IT professionals said their companies use a hybrid cloud solution.
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    Moving to the Cloud Brings Challenges
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    Moving to the Cloud Brings Challenges

    IT professionals are facing serious challenges in the cloud, with 52 percent of responding professionals saying their chief cloud concern is a “desire to maintain internal control of infrastructure.” The second largest concern, voiced by 45 percent of IT professionals, is safeguarding data. Surprisingly, just 10 percent of respondents said they’re worried about public reports of a cloud deployment failing.
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    The Trouble with Accountability
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    The Trouble with Accountability

    IT professionals don’t necessarily agree on who should be responsible for public cloud data protection. More than 4 in 10 IT professionals said the public cloud provider should be responsible for protecting data. However, 39 percent said the IT side should take up that responsibility. Regardless, a recent report from research firm Gartner found that by 2020, 95 percent of cloud security problems will be the customer’s fault, not the provider’s.
 

IT professionals increasingly are finding that changing times aren’t always the best of times, according to new data from IT modernization company Vision Solutions. In a global survey of nearly 1,600 IT professionals, Vision Solutions discovered the biggest challenges and opportunities affecting respondents in the ever-changing tech landscape. It found that disaster recovery is fraught with troubles and IT professionals don’t always know who is responsible for certain kinds of data. IT professionals also discussed the potential value in transferring business data to the cloud and revealed that a “no-cloud” policy is slowing giving way to a “must-have” cloud policy. Overall, the survey found the corporate IT landscape is changing rapidly as companies attempt to modernize their infrastructure and prepare for new business opportunities. But all this rapid change is putting pressure on IT decision-makers. This slide show discusses what it’s like to be on the front lines, trying to efficiently adopt new IT technologies at the office while maintaining business continuity.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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