Data Backup, Protection Posing Problems for Small Businesses
According to a Veeam Software report, 80 percent of SMBs are facing complexity-related challenges with their data protection.Many small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are experiencing significant issues with the cost, complexity and lack of capabilities of their data protection for virtual environments, according to backup, replication and virtualization management solutions specialist Veeam Software’s inaugural SMB Virtualization Data Protection Report, which surveyed 500 SMBs in the United States and Europe. In particular, 85 percent of SMBs are experiencing cost-related challenges with backup and recovery, including high ongoing management costs (51 percent), expensive licensing models (48 percent) and backups either requiring or using too much storage (44 percent). In addition, 83 percent reported capability-based challenges, including backups taking too long (40 percent), recovery taking too long (34 percent, suggesting that the majority are happy with 4 hours’ recovery time), difficulty recovering virtual servers (25 percent) and file- and application-level recovery being too difficult (22 percent). "More and more, SMBs are being subjected to the same IT challenges and business pressures as large enterprises," Ratmir Timashev, president and CEO of Veeam, said in a statement. "As such, any disruption to their IT infrastructure can have severe consequences. This is why it’s particularly worrying that the vast majority of SMBs reported cost, complexity and capability challenges with backup and recovery. When you also consider that 1 in 6 recoveries simply don’t work, it’s clear that the issue of data protection is a ticking time bomb in the SMB community."
According to the report, 80 percent of SMBs are facing complexity-related challenges with their data protection, including backups needing ongoing management (52 percent), too many virtual servers to back up (35 percent) and backup tools being difficult to configure and use (32 percent). More than half (55 percent) of SMBs surveyed said they are planning to change their backup tool for virtual servers by 2014.