The findings are based on a worldwide, cross-industry survey of small and medium businesses (< 1,000 employees) concerning their evolving data protection and disaster recovery needs. Respondents were from eight countries, including: France, Germany, Russia, the UK, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the US.
Global findings include:
● International adoption in the cloud lags behind the US: While93 percent of US SMBs back up some portion of their data to the cloud, this figure is just 65 percent globally. This includes 57 percent of SMBs in Asia Pacific and 63 percent in Western Europe. Of the organisations not backing up to the cloud, companies in Western Europe and Asia Pacific were far more likely to cite security as a concern than US companies. Specifically, 33 percent of respondents from the US cited security as the reason they are not backing up to the cloud, while 59 percent of Western European companies and 45 percent of Asia Pacific countries noted the same concerns.
● Downtime is a killer: Nearly 80 percent of companies estimate downtime costs them at least $20,000 per hour or more, and more than 20 percent estimate it costs them at least $100,000.
● More organisations are facing backup complexity with heterogeneous environments:
● Very few organisations trust the cloud alone: 87 percent of organisations retain on-premise copies of their data.
“The findings released today are clear - it’s a different world for IT managers today, and data backup for a small or medium-sized business is more complex than ever,” said Eric Burgener, Research Director, Storage at IDC. “Data sizes and types continue to evolve, as does the number of servers and operating systems each company uses. This leads to a host of new challenges IT managers face to make sure they can back up and protect their data and restore operations quickly.”
“Data is more plentiful, complex, and valuable than ever before,” said Serguei Beloussov, CEO at Acronis. “That’s why we pioneered the Acronis AnyData Engine, so organisations of all sizes can easily protect their data and ensure their systems can be restored smoothly, quickly and completely. 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.”
Survey respondents were all IT personnel with responsibility for purchase decisions and overall management, on the team that had responsibility for these areas, or that influenced purchase decisions in these areas.
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