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Surveys: U.S. disaster recovery planning still spotty, cloud storage still faces obstacles



Posted by: John Hilliard
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A pair of recent surveys from storage vendors paints a mixed bag for SMB disaster recovery planning and a cautious embrace of cloud storage.

First, the cloud: According to a Drobo survey (free with login) of over 250 business stakeholders and IT professionals conducted in May, SMBs are planning to adopt hybrid cloud storage. 32 percent of respondents indicated that 50 percent of their company’s storage would be onsite and 50 percent in the cloud within the next 3 years. Ninety-nine percent of respondents said they will not move 100 percent of their storage to the cloud within the next 3 years. The study reportedly included 250 business and IT professionals.

Drobo makes data storage hardware for small- and medium-size businesses.

And over at CA Technologies, a recently-released study shows that many small and medium sized organizations may haven’t prepared for the worst.

According to survey results, small North American companies (with between 50 to 499 workers) lost an average of about 440 productive man hours per year due to IT downtime. That resulted in an average annual revenue loss of about $55,112.

Meanwhile, medium-sized businesses (with 500 to 999 workers) lost an average of about 283 productive man hours per year, and an average revenue loss of 90,787.

Coleman Parkes Research, Ltd., conducted the survey independently for CA in the last quarter of 2010. The study also reported that small businesses were more likely than larger organizations to have a disaster recovery plan in place: 50 percent of small businesses had DR plans. That’s compared to 39 percent of medium-sized businesses, and 42 percent of large businesses.)

Another 23 percent of small businesses, and 46 percent of medium-sized businesses, are developing DR plans, according to the report. About 6 percent of small businesses and 3 percent medium-size businesses said they had no DR plans in place.

Coleman Parkes interviewed CIOs, IT directors and senior managers of a total of 2,000 small, medium and large companies in Europe and North America.

We’re focusing here on the results from the 200 North American companies included in the study, which included organizations from the financial, retail and manufacturing industries, as well as the public sector.

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