In 2012, as part of a research survey, ESG asked IT professionals what specific data protection challenges they were facing. Thirty-six percent of the respondents indicated that implementing or improving business continuity and disaster recovery was a process and technology challenge they faced. Interestingly, 32% of them also cited a lack of a disaster recovery plan or process as a challenge they wanted to overcome.

Professionals working in the IT organizations of midmarket and large enterprises alike continually cite improving backup and recovery as a major strategic priority. In ESG’s 2013 IT Spending Intentions Survey, for example, improving backup and recovery was the second most commonly selected IT priority among respondents, with BC/DR programs also making a prominent appearance in the priorities response list.