Typical data workloads increased by 569% in the past 2 years

On average, organizations managed 9.7 petabytes of data in 2018, representing explosive growth of 569 percent, compared with the 1.45 petabytes managed in 2016.

That is the finding of a new study by Dell EMC. The data storage company surveyed 2,200 IT decision makers from public and private organizations across 18 countries and 11 industries, and found that the vast majority of them (92 percent) see the potential value of data and 36 percent are already monetizing it.

The bad news is most of the respondents said they are struggling to properly protect their data. About three quarters (76 percent) experienced a disruption in the last 12 months, and 27 percent experienced irreparable data loss—nearly double the 14 percent in 2016.

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Unplanned systems downtime was the most common type of disruption for those using two or more data protection vendors, followed by ransomware attacks that prevented access to data, and data loss.

More than one third of the organizations (35 percent) are very confident that their data protection infrastructure is compliant with existing regulations. But only 16 percent say they believe that the data protection products they have deployed will meet all future challenges.

Nearly half (45 percent) of those surveyed are struggling to find suitable data protection tools for newer technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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