Backup and disaster recovery is an integral part to any business continuity plan. Though more businesses are embracing BDR, there are still some gaps in strategy for many businesses.
By Cecilia Galvin
April 03, 2012
Despite 2011 being a tumultuous year, businesses around the world have grown more confident about their ability to back up and then recover data and IT systems following a disaster.
So indicates the 2012 Acronis Global Disaster Recovery Index, conducted by independent research organization the Ponemon Institute, for disaster recovery solutions provider Acronis Inc., in Woburn, Mass. According to the survey, which polled nearly 6,000 SMBs in 18 countries, businesses are 14 percent more confident in their BDR capabilities than they were a year ago.
So why the change? “The survey findings suggest that the natural disasters of 2011 have been a catalyst for positive change when it comes to most businesses testing their backup and DR operations,” says Izzy Azeri, senior vice president and general manager, Americas, at Acronis.
But despite the positive results, some survey findings are cause for concern:
- Businesses are still spending only about 10 percent of their IT budgets on BDR.
- Almost half of respondents feel executives are not supportive of their BDR efforts.
- Data growth continues unabated, with a typical SMB creating almost 40 terabytes of new data a year.
- Human error is to blame for system downtime, say 60 percent of respondents.
- The average system downtime lasts 2.2 days, costing each business $366,363 each year in lost productivity.
Of these findings Azeri says, “For all the positives in the survey, too many strategic-level negatives—such as failure to get executive buy-in and the use of multiple, disjointed solutions—linger when it comes to keeping the business-critical digital assets of a business secure, protected, and immediately available.” Channel pros take note.