In its second-annual survey released today, EVault, Inc., a Seagate Company (NASDAQ:STX), revealed that half of all organizations surveyed in the USA, UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands say they are managing more data now than they were a year ago, and 70 percent of those same organizations expect that the volumes of data they manage will only continue to climb. Faced with these realities, the survey found that within the group of IT leaders not currently benefiting from a hybrid (onsite and offsite) data protection environment, more than 60 percent are either planning or considering one. Cloud backup and storage, a key component of hybrid environments, is now seen as an important way to manage the ever-increasing volumes of data. 66 percent of IT people surveyed said their organizations will increase the amount of data they store in the cloud by 2015. The US is most bullish about storing data in the cloud, with 85 percent of American IT leaders responding they would increase cloud usage in the next few years. Within organizations already benefiting from a hybrid data protection environment, 74 percent report they needed the increased flexibility a hybrid approach brings to their data management infrastructure, which becomes more and more important as data volumes increase. Improved data security was why 66 percent moved from their old backup and recovery tools to an onsite and offsite data protection solution. 57 percent of all IT leaders surveyed prefer their hybrid solution because their rapidly growing business critical data requires protection against natural disaster and theft. “The EVault community leads the industry in embracing and promoting onsite, cloud, and cloud-connected – also known as hybrid – data protection solutions to help organizations protect and access their critical data. EVault’s uniquely integrated ecosystem of EVault software, SaaS, managed services, and appliances help ensure customers maintain business continuity in multi-platform, multi-site environments,” said Terry Cunningham, president and general manager of EVault. “This year’s survey demonstrates that data protection, disaster recovery, and other storage services optimized to perform in a distributed environment, supported by a secure, reliable cloud storage infrastructure is what customers want as they look to strategies to manage volumes of data that will only continue to climb.” IT Decision-Makers Under Stress with the Data Management Burden EVault’s 2011 survey revealed some startling admissions from IT decision-makers. Chief among these were the 17 percent who would rather have their teeth pulled without using painkillers than have to inform their bosses of a critical data loss. A year later, it’s apparent that IT teams are still anxious when it comes to sharing bad news with company leadership.