Enterprise data protection strategies might not be fully aligned with IT modernization initiatives driven by cloud computing, according to a new report by research firm Vanson Bourne that was commissioned by file services platform provider Ctera Networks.

The research shows that while enterprises continue to migrate workloads to the cloud at a fast pace, protection of cloud-based servers and applications has not fully evolved to meet enterprise requirements for business continuity and data availability.

Vanson Bourne surveyed 400 IT decision makers and IT specialists in organizations using the cloud for application deployment at U.S., German and French organizations.

More than two-thirds (67%) of the organizations surveyed deploy more than one quarter of their applications in the cloud, and 37% plan to grow their cloud use by at least 25%, if not more. In addition, 54% of the organizations are embracing a hybrid cloud strategy that leverages both on-premises and cloud services.

But two out of three companies (66%) strongly agree or somewhat agree that there is less focus on backing up applications in the cloud due to a misconception that the cloud is inherently resilient compared with on-premises applications. This is not a surprise, the report noted, considering that about two thirds of organizations rely on the cloud provider to back up applications running on their platform.

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