Remote Access, Data Protection Are SMB IT Priorities

Most small and midsized businesses have one person or fewer dedicated to IT and are looking to data storage providers for remote access, data protection and on-premises backup.

A survey on storage priorities for small and midsize businesses has found that most SMBs (68 percent of those participating in the survey) have one or fewer persons dedicated to IT, while 99 percent say they will not move 100 percent of their storage to the cloud.

In the survey of data storage specialist Drobo's international customer database of IT professionals and business stakeholders, more than half (57 percent) noted that 75 percent or more of their storage will remain on-premises, while 89 percent said that they are unsatisfied with "big box storage" companies' current SMB storage offerings.

A total of 252 respondents completed the survey. Participants included business executives, business managers, IT executives, IT managers and hands-on IT professionals. Participants represented a range of company sizes and industry verticals, according to Drobo.

The survey also found SMBs want remote access, data protection and on-premises backup from their storage provider: 81 percent said it is of medium-high importance to have remote access to their data, and 76 percent noted that on-premises backup is a high storage priority. In addition, 83 percent said that data protection features are a high storage priority, with the next highest being price.

For more, read the eWeek article Midmarket Businesses Want Remote Access Data Protection and On-Premise Backup: Survey.

This article was originally published on 05-27-2011
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