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Data visibility often lost as virtualized workloads in the cloud grow

Cloud adoption is growing for virtualized workloads, with a majority of organizations running or planning to run virtual machines in the cloud this year.

That is one of the findings of a new report from Druva, a provider of cloud data protection and management products. According to the report, many of these enterprises have no visibility into how data management policies are being applied, however.

The company surveyed 170 IT and virtualization professionals in July 2018, and 90 percent said their organization was either running or planning to run VMs in the cloud this year. The trend is on the upswing, with 41 percent of organizations now running VMs in the cloud compared with 31 percent in 2017.

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Of those organizations running or planning to run VMs in the cloud in 2018, 59 percent expect to use AWS for these workloads.

More than half of the survey respondents (54 percent) said they have no visibility into how and if data management policies are being applied and enforced, and 55 percent do not have a plan to centralize protection of their data across multi-cloud or hybrid cloud environments.

The result is a critical gap in visibility into data in the cloud, the report said, which can increase risk to data infractions and compliance issues, such as not purging data in time.

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