SMBs Grapple With Disaster Recovery, Backup Issues

1 - SMBs Grapple With Disaster, Backup Issues
2 - SMBs Face Cost-Related Challenges
3 - Taking Hours to Recover Backed-Up Servers
4 - Organizations Worry Backup Will Become Less Effective
5 - Downtime Costs Businesses Big Bucks
6 - Organizations Must Dig Deep to Recover Data
7 - SMBs Priced Out of E-Discovery Market
8 - SMB Recovery Problems Still Persist
9 - Lack of Consistent Backups Poses Challenges
10 - Significant Capability-Based Challenges Face SMBs
11 - A Multitude of Complexity Challenges for SMBs
11 - A Multitude of Complexity Challenges for SMBs

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SMBs Grapple With Disaster Recovery, Backup Issues

by Nathan Eddy

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SMBs Face Cost-Related Challenges

Cost-related challenges with the backup and recovery of virtual servers cover three areas: high ongoing management costs, expensive licensing models, and backups either requiring or using too much storage.

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Taking Hours to Recover Backed-Up Servers

This graph shows the time, measured in hours, it takes to recover virtual servers (in gray) and the time to recover physical servers (in green).

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Organizations Worry Backup Will Become Less Effective

Currently, 63 percent of SMBs feel that their backup and recovery tools will become less effective as the amount of data and servers in their infrastructure continue to grow.

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Downtime Costs Businesses Big Bucks

Forty-one percent of SMBs stated that the cost per hour of downtime for their business-critical servers that had not been protected by techniques such as replication was $150,000 or more. Gray represents unreplicated servers costing $150,000 or more per hour of downtime; green represents less than $150,000 per hour of downtime.

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Organizations Must Dig Deep to Recover Data

SMBs are still struggling with more granular recovery from virtual servers that should be more straightforward, often having to recover more than desired to reach a specific item.

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SMBs Priced Out of E-Discovery Market

The specialist e-discovery tools used for this are not aimed at the SMB market: 65 percent of SMBs feel that the cost of specialist e-discovery tools is prohibitively expensive.

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SMB Recovery Problems Still Persist

The graph on the left shows the number of times per year SMBs experience problems attempting to recover from backups; on the right, it shows the percentage of recoveries that present problems.

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Lack of Consistent Backups Poses Challenges

A lack of opportunities to test backups may be one reason the chance of problems with backups is so high. Currently, the average SMB tests backups for recoverability every 3 months.

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Significant Capability-Based Challenges Face SMBs

This graph shows the percentage of backup servers tested when monitoring for recoverability, with larger midmarket companies faring worse than smaller SMBs.

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A Multitude of Complexity Challenges for SMBs

Eighty percent of SMBs said that they are experiencing complexity-related challenges with backup and recovery of virtual environments.

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