Acronis blames downturn for poor disaster recovery strategy

The Acronis Global Disaster Recovery (DR) Index 2012 findings from the industrial sector have revealed that only 53% of respondents were confident they could recover quickly in the event of a disaster, writes Linda Endersby. In an a highly competitive sector where the tolerance for any downtime is a

The Acronis Global Disaster Recovery (DR) Index 2012 findings from the industrial sector have revealed that only 53% of respondents were confident they could recover quickly in the event of a disaster, writes Linda Endersby.

In an a highly competitive sector where the tolerance for any downtime is almost zero, its concerning that only 45% say they would not suffer substantial downtime in the event of a serious incident or natural disaster, though with 11% saying they spend nothing on backup and DR, 40% confirming irregular backups, and 29% stating they have no offsite backup strategy at all, this becomes less of a surprise.

David Blackman general manager Northern Europe and MEA, Acronis said: "The pressures on the industrial sector are escalating. It has a reputation for quality management, optimisation and automation, yet it's clear that their backup and DR strategies are not keeping up with the rising adoption of virtualisation."

Cost cutting due to the recession seems partly to blame with 45% of those surveyed citing lack of budget and IT resources as key challenges and a quarter stating they don't have the support of their senior business executives.

Virtualisation and the use of cloud services, which should bring efficiencies to an organization aren't helping, with 67% surveyed believing their greatest challenge in a hybrid environment is moving data between physical, virtual and cloud environments - 26% have virtualised 50% or more of their production servers with growth of 30% in the next year.

Security and availability concerns, which had previously slowed the adoption of cloud for disaster recovery, seem to be fading as 94% predict they will be using the cloud in some form in the next 12 months. However while 53% recognise the operational cost reductions that can be achieved, most are not embracing the cloud for their backup strategy.

Blackman concluded, "With speed being a key competitive differentiation and increasing productivity being number one priority, there is an increased intolerance for any downtime. Organisations in the industrial sector need to embrace new technology to help them consolidate and standardise their backup and DR plan. In doing so, confidence levels will rise and IT managers' roles will become easier."

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