Symform and StorageCraft just announced and published a set of results from our 2012 Data Protection Trends Survey. This online survey was just conducted in February 2012, so the data is fresh, and we’ve been busy with analysis since then. The survey covered data backup practices, challenges with data growth and management, opinions and forecasts. Additional sets of analysis will be released over the next month or so.
And here’s the five reasons why this survey is important to you!!
#1 – It’s a big survey. With nearly 600 valid responses, the results involve a meaningful sample and can be statistically significant. So many surveys we see these days have maybe 100 or 150 responses. While no data is perfect, I think you’ll find this first overall analysis interesting. And we’ll be slicing and dicing the data in the coming weeks, so let us know if you have any ideas by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
#2 – It has a broad set of respondents. It provides insights into Small, Medium and Enterprise class backup practices, budgets, opinions, pain points and data growth predictions. We can also look at the data for selected industries such as Financial Services and Health Care. No matter what segment you are in or what segments you target, there is is important information for you.
#3 — It covers primary and secondary backup. It shows the mix of primary and secondary data backup solutions in place and the level of satisfaction with them. Interestingly, the most satisfied with their secondary backup are those who are outsourcing their backup to MSP/IT Solutions Providers. Speaking of which…
#4 – You’ll gain insights into MSP/IT Solutions Providers. Even if you aren’t an MSP/IT Solutions provider you will want to see what they are doing and what they think. They live and breathe data backup and recovery on behalf of their contracted clients. And if you are an MSP/IT Solutions Provider, here is a chance to benchmark.
#5 — It is really fresh research. The survey was in the field in February 2012 and worth looking at now. We’ve noticed that a lot of research gets re-circulated or continues to be used 12, 18 or even 24 months after completed. With this industry moving so fast, it’s hard to find that data meaningful or helpful in our current reality.