Backup and Recovery Systems: Are Yours Ready for the Real World?
To create the index, countries were ranked on responses from SMBs to questions about their confidence in their backup and disaster-recovery readiness, capabilities and practices. They also were asked about technology resources, procedures and executive buy-in.
In the event of a disaster that threatens your enterprise's data, how confident are you that your backup and recovery systems would function properly and be able to avert catastrophe? Factors that are likely to influence your answer include varying levels of executive buy-in to the disaster and recovery idea, IT resources, your company's history of data-loss incidents and the challenges of managing hybrid data environments, according to a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute. The survey, sponsored by backup and recovery vendor Acronis, asked more than 3,000 small- and medium-sized businesses in 12 countries about their backup and recovery environments. Businesses in some countries, the survey found, are far more prepared for data disasters than in others. The adoption of cloud-based solutions in the SMB, according to the survey, will nearly double this year. When the survey was conducted in October 2010, respondents said cloud-based services made up 16% of their IT infrastructure. By the end of 2011, that number is expected to rise to 30% of IT infrastructure across all regions. Acronis used Ponemon Research's findings to create the Acronis Global Disaster Recovery Index.
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