The last several years have seen the shift from on-premises datacenters, to ‘cloud, when it makes sense’, to cloud-first strategies, to hybrid everywhere, to where most organizations are today with ‘strategic multi-cloud’ as the normal mode for delivering modern IT. For 2024, the questions are not around whether to utilize cloud-based services, nor which cloud-services to utilize. Instead, organizations are asking themselves how many clouds are necessary – and wondering how their IT teams will manage all their clouds, while ensuring cyber security prevention, data protection, and other critical IT controls.
To offer answers to those questions, a new research brief was curated from three independent research sources that were surveyed between August 2022 and March 2023, including:
- Cloud Protection Trends for 2023, surveying 1,700 IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS administrators on their data protection strategies
- 2023 Data Protection Trends Report, surveying 4,200 IT leaders responsible for their organization’s data protection strategies
- 2023 Ransomware Trends Report, surveying 1,200 CISO/SecPro/Backup professionals whose organizations were successfully cyber-attacked in 2022
The three research endeavors encompass more than 7,000 IT and security leaders and were conducted by independent research or analyst bureaus from their unbiased panels, with the data then being acquired and published in various forms by Veeam. In the new research brief, four key areas are consistently revealed:
- Cloud-based services are key to protecting datacenters and cloud-hosted workloads
- Clouds are just as susceptible to ransomware attacks, maybe more
- Using one cloud to protect another is a good idea; using the same cloud to protect itself is not
- The security, DR, cloud, and on-prem teams are not aligned; fix that first!
That’s the opener for the research brief itself.
To better unpack the data, we’ll be looking at some of the previously unpublished data in two episodes of our recurring Tuesday “Industry Insights” LiveStream series at 12:00 ET US:
- On October 31st, we started with understanding the attack surface that cyber villains are aiming at across hybrid clouds.
- On November 7th, we’ll look at the lessons learned from the research, as well as some of the hybrid-cloud technologies and approaches used to either prevent or remediate from cyber-attacks.