The 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey run by Symantec has discovered that disaster preparedness for SMBs is closely linked with the adoption of technologies like virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility, writes Linda Endersby.
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The survey indicates that 40% are deploying public clouds and 43% implementing private clouds, while over a third are using mobile devices and virtualising servers.
The survey indicated that SMBs are keen to adopt these technologies, with 37% saying that improved disaster readiness influenced their decision to migrate to cloud and very similar numbers sited the same decision making process for their mobility and virtualisation implementation.
The respondents also confirmed that the investment was proving effective with 71 percent reporting that their disaster preparedness improved with virtualization. Over 40% agreed that cloud migration had improved their disasater readiness as well as 36% of those implementing mobile devices.
"Today's SMBs are in a unique position to embrace new technologies that not only provide a competitive edge, but also allow them to improve their ability to recover from a disaster while protecting the information that their businesses depend on," commented Steve Cullen, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for SMB and Cloud at Symantec.
"SMBs cannot afford lengthy downtimes so the ability to quickly recover from a disaster is critical," Cullen continued. "Technologies such as virtualisation, cloud computing, and mobility, combined with a sound plan and comprehensive security and data protection solutions, enable SMBs to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters such as floods or fires, as well as lost or stolen mobile devices and laptops."
The survey took place via telephone in February and March 2012 with 2,053 organisations worldwide.