Businesses are exploring new use cases for endpoint data beyond backup and recovery, reports a new survey by Code42. Researchers polled 155 IT professionals and business decision-makers on the show floor at the 2017 VMworld U.S. and found 65% use this data for more than backup.
Security investigation, cited by 55% of respondents, is the most common use case for endpoint user data, followed by device migration to Windows 10 (53%), and eDiscovery (47%). When asked what they wanted to use endpoint data for, security topped the list again among 45% of respondents, followed by device migration (44%) and ransomware recovery (43%).
It's mission-critical or important to be able to use endpoint user data for services like analytics, security, and migration, reported 64% of survey respondents. Endpoints are becoming a more important data source: 42% of businesses store between 50-100% of their data on endpoints, and 83% believe endpoint data is "extremely or very important" to their business.
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