Most Business Data is Unprotected in VMs

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 11-25-2010 Print


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IT managers surveyed at large enterprises also indicate that 56 percent of data on virtual systems is not even regularly backed up at least once per month.

Virtualizing servers and storage arrays is certainly among the biggest trends right now in the IT world. However, properly protecting all those virtual machines and the data they handle apparently is not among those trends.

Data storage and protection provider Symantec revealed Nov. 22 in its annual disaster recovery survey that only about 20 percent of IT managers are using replication and failover technologies to protect mission-critical data in virtual environments. The survey also indicates that 56 percent of data on virtual systems is not even regularly backed up at least once per month.

The study also finds that nearly 60 percent of respondents use multiple tools to manage and protect applications and data in virtual environments, which can cause security problems for data center managers.

For the report, Symantec comissioned Applied Research West to survey IT managers in large organizations (5,000 employees or more) in 18 countries and across a span of industries to understand issues associated with business IT disaster recovery. More than 1,700 respondents participated in the survey.

For more, read the eWeek article Only 20 Percent of Business Data Protected in VMs: Survey.


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