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Increasing awareness of local data protection, backup and fusion security protection is a trend

Earlier, data backup solutions company VEEAM released the “Veeam 2021 Data Protection Trends Report“, which surveyed the opinions of 3,000 IT decision makers from 28 countries. The report published this year also specifically covers Hong Kong’s local data, reflecting the general situation of local companies under the new crown epidemic, and revealing the pace of digital transformation of local companies and the challenges they face.

The report pointed out that 91% of respondents had already used cloud platform services when the epidemic began last year, and 60% of respondents said that they will gradually increase their use of cloud services in the future. However, 4 adults said that economic instability will hinder their digital, The reason for the transition, Chen Chaocheng, senior regional director of Veeam Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, said that under the epidemic, the speed of corporate digital transformation has indeed accelerated. “Especially in the construction of some new systems, the demand is higher than before, and the usage of the cloud is also higher, and enterprises are paying more attention to data backup.”

Frequent downtime affects customer confidence

According to the report, in the past 12 months, nearly all (97%) companies stated that unplanned downtime occurred frequently. Situations such as downtime and data loss occur frequently, and more than half (54%) of enterprises believe that continued occurrence of this situation will cause customers to lose confidence in the enterprise. However, Hong Kong companies face an average of 65 minutes of downtime, and their overall performance is still better than the global 79 minutes. Chen Chaocheng said that in the past, companies put data on the cloud, and most of them did not need to be protected, but last year the epidemic began, even if cloud platforms began to appear and were attacked by phishing emails and other methods, companies began to attach importance to cloud platform data backup methods.

According to the reported data, 76% of companies stated that there is an “availability gap” between the time required to recover the application and the time actually used to recover the application, and the overall performance is still better than the situation in Asia Pacific and Japan (82%), And the situation in the Hong Kong market has improved significantly compared to the same data rate in 2017 (93%). Secondly, 72% of companies said that there is a “protection gap” between the frequency of data backup and the degree of data loss due to downtime. According to the results of this report, the overall performance is better than the situation in Asia Pacific and Japan (77%).

Chen Chaocheng emphasized that although the local area has paid more attention to data protection, there is still room for improvement. “In the past, many companies thought that backup was like insurance. If nothing happened, it would not be used. Although awareness has increased, there is a gap between whether the plan can be achieved or not.” He explained, for example, whether the backup system can meet the requirements. Assuming, whether the funds can be supported, etc. are all questions.

The core of digital transformation

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerates IT modernization. The report shows that nearly two-thirds of companies said that they have accelerated their digital transformation during the pandemic, and most (67%) companies said they would transfer data protection to the cloud, hoping to implement digital transformation in due course. Chen Chaocheng said frankly that for IT companies, the epidemic is indeed a catalyst.

Although the company is gradually undergoing digital transformation, Chen Chaocheng said that the core database of the company still stays on the old Windows server. “The core system is the lifeblood. If a company does not turn around, even if it develops new applications, but still relies on the old system, it may hinder the transformation.” He suggested that if the company wants to change, it is necessary to increase the use of the cloud and increase IT resources. investment. “To change, we must break the old and create the new. Don’t be restricted by inherent constraints. Digital transformation is not simply about converting documents into PDF, but changing the business model. The company must do it from the top.”

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