IT managers at small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) consume five working days each year finding and restoring business data that has been lost due to either human error or IT failure.
These are the conclusions following an independent survey of 100 UK SMEs about the state of data storage commissioned by Adaptec. The survey found that more than 60 million working days are put in jeopardy each year as employees are forced to down tools while the IT department restores lost data.
The annual financial burden to the UK SME community, in terms of wages and lost productivity, exceeds £4bn assuming the Office for National Statistics' calculation that an average UK worker's salary is £422.00 per 37.5-hour week and with UK SMEs employing more than 12 million people.
The survey found that UK SMEs averaged some form of data loss approximately five times per year and typically took around 6.62 hours to restore lost data each time - a total of 32 hours of annual IT systems downtime that potentially affected the productivity of all employees.
Russ Johnson, general manager of Adaptec Europe, says, "The problem is that most people talk about backing up and archiving data, when what they should really care about is being able to restore the data quickly when they need it. If you asked