Small businesses moving to cloud DR solutions

Small businesses moving to cloud DR solutions

Aug 18, 2014


Cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) solutions are becoming more popular with small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) that are keen to avoid costly system downtime.

Last month, Acronis-sponsored research by the International Data Corporation (IDC) showed 65 per cent of SMEs polled across eight countries are backing up data in the cloud for DR purposes. 

The results also revealed the US is spearheading the charge, with 93 per cent of companies backing up at least some of their data to cloud environments. This percentage drops to 63 per cent for western European firms and 57 per cent for Asia-Pacific businesses.

For many, it appears the risk of vital systems being unavailable is one of the primary reasons for switching to the cloud. Four out of five organizations calculated the cost of downtime at $20,000 per hour.

Furthermore, one-fifth of SMEs said they could experience losses of $100,000 or more when experiencing an incident that adversely affects core processes.

"With downtime costing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars for some companies, every IT manager should make sure they have a plan in place to restore operations and avoid data loss," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO at Acronis.

Survey respondents also highlighted the importance of meeting Recovery Time Objectives, with 87 per cent claiming they hold their most recent cloud backups on-site as well. 

Eric Burgener, research director of storage at IDC, said the results reveal a clear picture of the challenges businesses face in the current data-driven landscape.

"It's a different world for IT managers today, and data backup for a small or medium-sized business is more complex than ever," he explained.

"Data sizes and types continue to evolve, as does the number of servers and operating systems each company uses."

According to Mr Burgener, this creates significant obstacles for industry specialists, as they must be able to back up and protect company information more quickly than ever before.

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