The 2018 Unitrends Cloud and Disaster Recovery Survey Results are in.

How are IT admins dealing with the challenges of protecting data from downtime and disasters in 2018? What are the emerging trends in backup and disaster recovery? What do IT admins consider best practices and new opportunities for protecting more data without more budget? How are companies using cloud to protect data?

The survey results are in. More than 800 IT administrators shared their experiences and their current cloud, backup and disaster recovery best practices in the Unitrends 2018 Cloud and DR survey. The results were then compared across the last three years of survey data and analyzed to identify 10 top trends. This year’s annual survey also added a place for IT admins to provide insights on the challenges, opportunities and advice they have for IT admins looking to incorporate cloud in their disaster recovery practices. We have included their words of wisdom as well.

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It will be no surprise that data growth continues at an alarming rate. And not just among larger companies, data is expanding across the board. Unfortunately, in addition to dealing with growing data, data loss has remained consistent for the last three years. One third of all IT administrators experienced data loss in the last 12 months. Data loss often occurs on servers and devices that are not adequately protected from viruses and ransomware, as well as locations affected by local and regional disasters without proper backup and DR testing plans.


Cloud adoption has expanded significantly. In fact, those who have not embraced cloud for disaster recovery are likely to adopt it in the upcoming year (with only 35% shunning it entirely). The industry categories that are leading theadoption of cloud will surprise you!

Read all about the survey and the findings in the 2018 Cloud and DR Survey Results!

Thank you to all who participated and provided such valuable insights.

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