Many large enterprises are failing to ensure that the business is effectively backed up with one in ten not even thinking about it.
A survey of 100 IT directors in government, education, manufacturing, IT, healthcare and financial services organisations with at least 500 employees found that almost 10% do not have or are unaware if they have back-up and recovery plans in place.
The survey, commissioned by Dell, found that of those without a back-up plan a third blamed a shortage of time, money and board commitment and another third said it is not important for the business.
John Coulston, enterprise marketing manger at Dell, said businesses still think storage is very expensive and as a result are failing to back up appropriately.
"The value of and amount of data is increasing, and the cost of storing that is drastically decreasing creating a different inflection point. Now may be the time to back up when two years ago may not have been."
He said storing one Gbyte of data cost £100 ten years ago but only costs £1 today.