SMEs still lack data backup

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SMEs still lack data backup

Kathleen Hall

Many small business lack data recovery plans, despite a recent uptake in cloud adoption, according to a survey.

More than one-third of SMEs have no offsite backup and disaster recovery strategy in place, citing a lack of budget and resources as the primary reasons why it is not more of a priority, revealed the poll of 3,000 SMEs by disaster recovery company Acronis.

The survey also found that 71% of organisations with virtual servers do not back them up as often as their physical servers.

David Blackman, general manager at Acronis, said that more small businesses will gain disaster recovery platforms as cloud take-up increases in the sector.

However, Lee Glendon, head of campaigns at the Business Continuity Institute, warned that SMEs should not neglect disaster recovery plans when migrating to the cloud.

Small business should consider what would happen if their cloud provider went down, he said. "It's important that small businesses ask them what their business continuity arrangements are, and where their business would be in its queue of priorities," he added.


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