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Confidence in IT disaster recovery processes increases

According to the 2012 Acronis Global Disaster Recovery Index, businesses are on average 14 percent more confident in their backup and disaster recovery capabilities than they were compared to the previous year's result in the Index. Key to this rise is the perceived improvements in having the right resources (tools / environment) and the right technologies for the job. Confidence in these two criteria alone has more than doubled in the past 12 months.

Underlying this increase in confidence is the fact that 66 percent of businesses are checking their backup and disaster recovery plans more regularly, possibly as a consequence of the catastrophic natural disasters which hit many regions during 2011, including destructive flooding in Australia, Brazil and Thailand, deadly earthquakes in New Zealand and Turkey, storms costing billions in damages across the United States and the devastating tsunami in Japan from which some businesses are still yet to fully recover.

Despite an overall improvement in confidence, other more concerning findings from the survey of almost 6,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) in 18 countries include:

  • Flat budgets: businesses are spending the same on backup and disaster recovery year on year (10 percent of IT spend).
  • Almost half (47 percent) now feel that business executives are not supportive of their backup and disaster recovery operations.
  • Data growth continues unabated: a typical SMB creates almost 40TB of fresh data each year.
  • To err is human: 60 percent of those surveyed blame human error as the most common cause of system downtime.
  • Average system downtime lasts 2.2 days.

Managing hybrid physical, virtual and cloud environments presents the biggest challenge
The vast majority (70 percent) of the IT managers surveyed agree that, for the second year running, their greatest challenge in a hybrid environment is moving data between physical, virtual and cloud environments. Yet the survey found that most businesses are still failing to consolidate their backup and disaster recovery tools to address this challenge. Most rely on multiple tools, with a third using three or more different solutions to protect their data. Over half (53 percent) use separate solutions for their physical and virtual environments.

www.acronis.com

•Date: 3rd February 2012 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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