After witnessing the power surge of Super Bowl XLVII, some of us may be more inclined to reconsider how we backup our data, maybe reevaluating which vendors we use. The good news is that our competitors' clients may be reviewing their backup policies, too. Which cloud environment is best for them? How are IT leaders under pressure with data backup? Are organizations managing more data now than they were a year ago? A recent EVault, Inc. survey revealed some useful findings. Here are the details.

Half of all organizations surveyed in the United States, UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands said they are managing more data now than they were a year ago, and 70 percent of those same organizations expect that they will be managing even more data in the near future. As a result organizations are searching for more backup options, including various cloud environments. The results of the survey may be enough to make you conclude that 2013 will be the year of the hybrid cloud. Within the group of IT leaders not currently benefiting from a hybrid environment, more than 60 percent are either planning or considering one.

How are organizations benefiting from a hybrid data protection environment?
A hybrid environment provides increased flexibility, according to 74 percent of organizations that have moved to hybrid. As data volumes increase, flexibility in data management infrastructure becomes more important. Another common reason cited for hybrid is better data security. Sixty-six percent of respondents said they moved from their old backup and recovery tools to an onsite and offsite data protection solution because they wanted better data security. And 57 percent said their "rapidly growing business critical data requires protection against natural disaster and theft."

Are CIOs under stress with the data management burden?
Yesterday, I had an appointment with the dentist (everything was fine, but thank you for your concern). If you are like me, this is not something that you enjoy. However, in the 2011 EVault survey, 17 percent of those polled said would rather have their teeth pulled without using painkillers than have to inform their bosses of a critical data loss. And in the most recent survey, 24 percent of respondents admitted to not telling their CEOs that they are not backing up all files. Almost 40 percent admitted they worry about their data not being saved securely. Are CIOs under stress? I'll let you be the judge.

The study also found that mobile devices are a growing concern. Ninety-four percent of IT leaders have issues with mixing personal and corporate data on mobile devices such as iOS and Android mobile devices. Some worry about possible legal issues of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, while others are concerned about the retention and security of data.

Vanson Bourne, an independent research company that EVault commissioned to do the study, interviewed more than 650 IT decision-makers between October and November of 2012. Respondents were from companies ranging in size from 100 to 3,000+ employees and represented a range of industries.