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Back Ups and Disaster Recovery.
Category : Managed Services 12 Mar 2010 10:40 AM | Insider News
In the wake of the two major earthquakes in the Americas this year - comes the news from storage supplier Acronis that in all probability up to 40 % of SMBs do not even back up their data, let alone have a disaster recovery procedure.
A survey of some 600 European SMBs revealed that 38% of UK based SMBs never back-up, compared to 6% and 9% in France and Germany. Whilst the UK figure is quite shocking, the French and German ones by no means make those countries exemplars of good back-up practice. Commenting on the UKs companies belief that they could still effect rapid and full recoveries in the event of a hardware failure or computer virus; David Blackman, Acronis Northern Europe General Manager, was somewhat understated when he said “ … it suggests a lot of work needs to be done to educate them on this”.
With 63% of companies taking more than one full day to recover from a system failure or shut-down the importance of having a reliable and up to date system of back-ups cannot be stressed enough. However, far too many businesses do not also keep off-site back-ups in the event of a catastrophe, such as an earthquake, striking the premises that their IT services are housed in. This situation of not having a disaster recovery procedure is, of course, inexcusable these days with so many IT service providers offering off-site back-up services and cloud-computing becoming increasingly viable for businesses.