Enterprise Networking: SMBs Are Losing Confidence in IT Disaster Recovery Systems: Survey Results
2011 went into the books as a year of environmental disasters on an unprecedented global scale that have affected the lives and livelihoods of billions of people. The United States alone set a record with 12 separate billion-dollar weather/climate disasters in 2011, with an aggregate damage total of approximately $52 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Thus, data backup and recovery has become a hot topic among IT managers. With this as background, data protection provider Acronis and the Ponemon Institute did some research to see how SMBs are approaching disaster recovery. The result is Acronis' second annual Disaster Recovery Index, released Feb. 1, which audited 18 countries and nearly 6,000 IT personnel. According to the survey findings in this report, a typical SMB today manages more than 100 servers, desktops and laptops and produces almost 40TB of fresh data each year. That is an awful lot of data to protect. The following slide show explains some of the research highlights.