A snapshot of IT disaster recovery and business continuity in small and medium sized businesses

Published: Wednesday, 23 March 2016 09:54

Zetta has published its ‘2016 SMB Recovery Readiness Study’ which looks at the state of disaster recovery and business continuity planning in small and medium sized businesses.

A survey for the study found that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) report that they are increasingly focused on ‘disaster recovery readiness’, with 84 percent of SMBs noting that several days of IT downtime would result in moderate to catastrophic costs and loss. To make sure that they are covered in the event of a disaster, more than half (53 percent) rely on more than one disaster recovery method to ‘hedge their bets’ to ensure recoverability.

Cloud disaster recovery and business continuity adoption is rapidly growing

The survey findings demonstrate trends in the growing use of cloud-based recovery and business continuity solutions. In fact, more than one in three (37 percent) are using the cloud as part of their disaster recovery solution today, up from 26 percent last year.  In addition, as many as 10 percent use only cloud-based solutions for disaster recovery, up from just 4 percent last year. And of those planning to add a new disaster recovery method in the next 12 months, more than half (57 percent) plan to add a cloud-based solution. 

Disaster recovery preparedness lagging behind

Even while SMBs recognize the vital nature of their disaster recovery and business continuity strategies, they fail to monitor and ensure the security of their disaster recovery solutions. One-third (33 percent) of the IT professionals surveyed reported that they rarely test their disaster recovery plan, while an astounding 62 percent only test their disaster recovery plan once a year or less. Even more surprising, as many as 13 percent of IT professionals admit that their organization doesn’t have a technical disaster recovery strategy and another 14 disaster recovery report that they don’t have offsite disaster recovery protection making them vulnerable to an onsite disaster. 

Cost and speed of recovery are most important

When asked about the top three most important factors of a disaster recovery solution, cost was named 65 percent of the time. Cost was followed closely by speed of recovery (61 percent), reliability (60 percent) and simplicity (60 percent). Usability (54 percent) was identified more as a ‘nice to have,’ but not a top priority. 

Other highlights the study found include:

About the Zetta 2016 SMB Recovery Readiness Study

For the Zetta 2016 SMB Recovery Readiness Study, Zetta surveyed more than 300 IT professionals about their disaster recovery solution and IT environment. The survey was conducted online and included organizations in over 15 industries, ranging in size from less than 50 to more than 1,000 employees.