For many organizations, understanding how resilient they are can be a nebulous issue. It\u2019s tricky to measure it objectively in a way that allows real comparison with peers or rivals. Yet, it\u2019s something most business leaders want to get a really good handle on because, if you can measure it, you can manage it.\nDrilling down into specific business functions, such as IT, can be not only really useful, but increasingly mandatory to understand for digital business. We define IT resilience as being prepared for any type of disruption \u2013 planned or unplanned \u2013 to eliminate the risk of downtime so your customers\u2019 experiences are seamless, and your focus remains on projects that drive transformation.\nUnderstanding this on a macro level is why we teamed up with our colleagues over at IDC in 2018 to design the \u2018State of IT Resilience Survey\u2019. Its mission was to collect insight and data from 500 C-level executives and IT professionals on the state and maturity of IT resilience as the cornerstone of wider business resilience.\nThe 2019 Survey results were just revealed at ZertoCON 2019, and outside of our industry conference, this is the first place they are being discussed. Let\u2019s take a look at some of the most interesting headline findings.\n\n\n \n\n\nClick here to request a copy of the \u201cState of IT Resilience Report\u201d.\nWe asked businesses about the risks to resilience they have been encountering:\n\n91% of respondents said they had experienced a tech-related business disruption in the past two years.\n\nOf which, 74% suffered some organizational impact\n\n\n84% have experienced a malicious attack attempt in past 12 months (that they know about)\n\nOf which, 89% have been successfully attacked\nOf which, 93% resulted in some form of data corruption or data loss\n\n\n56% have experienced unrecoverable data within the last three years (up from 49% last year)\n\nSo, what\u2019s the take away? The resilience of businesses\u2019 IT is under constant pressure. Malicious attacks are causing enormous levels of disruption, and it\u2019s clear that for many organizations their ability to avoid and mitigate IT-related disruption is not where it needs to be.\nSo, what do organizations plan to do about threats to their IT resilience?\n\nData protection modernization is the #1 IT initiative for respondents over the next 12 months\n\n38% will deploy new backup and recovery solutions \n\n\nIn terms of future adoption, cloud-based data protection solutions are the #2 IT initiative for respondents over the next 12 months\n\n19% already plan to deploy Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS)\nFor 91.3% of respondents, the use of public cloud has had no impact or has reduced their data protection budget overall\n\n\nIn terms of current adoption, 45.6% have deployed cloud backup solutions, 39% have deployed cloud archiving solutions, 37% have deployed DRaaS solutions\n8% expect the complexity of their data protection requirements to increase over the coming years\n\nIT leaders and professionals clearly understand the pressing requirement for better resilience, and it\u2019s to everyone\u2019s benefit that the momentum behind resilient IT is really building.\nAny business that sees resonance in these findings will be interested to learn about the latest technology updates we announced at ZertoCON 2019.\nOur headline news was that customers can now acquire Zerto either as a perpetual license or as a subscription according to their business preferences. Zerto now offers both pricing models so companies can make IT investment decisions based on features, efficiency and agility, rather than cost alone.\nWe also announced that we have completed the initial certification of our vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB) for VMware\u2019s vSphere APIs for I\/O Filtering (VAIO) framework. Zerto\u2019s certified VIB will be available for use with our version 7.5 release, expected to be generally available in the second half of 2019.\nAnd finally, we also previewed some of the new features and functionality that will be available with Zerto 7.5 in 2019. Key new and enhanced capabilities include deeper integration with long-term repositories, including the HPE StoreOnce Catalyst API. Zerto Analytics, used for management of data and applications protected with Zerto, will include features such as the upcoming Resource Planner to provide predictive sizing for Azure, AWS or on-premises environments.\nWatch Phil Goodwin\u2019s State of IT Resilience highlights video from ZertoCON here.