According to the 2012 Acronis Global Disaster Recovery (DR) Index, UK businesses are on average 17% more confident in their backup and DR capabilities than they were compared to the previous year’s result in the Index. Key to this rise is the perceived improvements in having the right resources (tools / environment)
Underlying this increase in confidence is the fact that 65% of businesses in the UK are checking their backup and disaster recovery plans more regularly. This could be as a consequence of observing some of the world’s catastrophic natural disasters in the last 12 months, including destructive flooding in Australia, Brazil and Thailand, deadly earthquakes in New Zealand and Turkey, storms costing billions in damages across the United States and the devastating tsunami in Japan from which some businesses are still yet to fully recover.
Despite an overall improvement in confidence, the UK only achieves 11th in the rankings, it’s clear there is still a lot of work still to do. Some of the more concerning UK findings from the survey include:
• Flat budgets: UK businesses are spending a similar amount on backup and DR year on year (11% of IT spend).
• Two in five (40%) UK businesses still feel that their business executives are not supportive of their backup and disaster recovery operations.
• Data growth continues unabated: a typical UK SMB creates almost 38TB of fresh data each year.
• To err is human: 64% of those surveyed in the UK blame human error as the most common cause of system downtime.
• The cost of failure: average system downtime lasts 2.4 days costing each UK business £227,538 each year in lost productivity.
Managing hybrid physical, virtual and cloud environments presents the biggest challenge
A large majority (64%) of the UK IT managers surveyed agree that, for the second year running, their greatest challenge in a hybrid environment is moving data between physical, virtual and cloud environments. Yet the survey found that most UK businesses are still failing to consolidate their backup and disaster recovery tools to address this challenge. Most rely on multiple tools, with almost half (46%) using three or more different solutions to protect their data. Nearly half (49%) use separate solutions for their physical and virtual environments.
The Acronis Global Disaster Recovery Index Ranking
To create the Index, each country surveyed was ranked based on its average responses from 11 questions about their confidence in backup and DR readiness, capabilities and practices. Questions covered technology, resources, procedures and executive buy-in.
4. Hong Kong: 1.78 (2010 score of 1.75/4th)
10. US: 0.76 (2010 score of 0.56/10th)
11. UK: 0.74 (2010 score of 0.63/9th)
13. Saudi Arabia: 0.57
17. Russian Federation: -0.71
“The survey findings suggest that the natural disasters of 2011 have been a catalyst for positive change when it comes to most UK businesses testing their backup and DR operations. However, 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 for UK businesses when it comes to keeping the business-critical digital assets of a business secure, protected and immediately available, particularly in a hybrid world,” said David Blackman, General Manager Northern Europe and MEA, Acronis. “With the UK sitting in a miserable 11th position it’s evident that UK businesses still have a long way to go when it comes to improving their backup and disaster recovery.”
Notes to the editor:
The survey was conducted by the Ponemon Institute across 18 countries in September and October 2011. Over 6,000 IT practitioners were surveyed in small- to mid-market organisations with no more than 1,000 seats. Details of how the index was calculated and where each country appears can be found here:
• Full research report
• Infographic report
This year an additional five countries were added to the report, over those surveyed in 2010. Comparisons in this press release are made year on year with the 13 original countries.
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