Only half of industrial firms confident of disaster recovery: survey

In a study conducted by Acronis and the Ponemon Institute, only 53% in the construction and manufacturing sectors are confident of being able to recover quickly after a disaster.
 
The survey covered 18 countries and over 6,000 IT practitioners in organizations with no more than 1,000 seats (no more than 500 seats in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong).
 
According to the suvey, yhe global downturn could explain why nearly half (45%) of those surveyed cited lack of budget and IT resources as the key challenges, with IT departments being forced to do more with less.
 
One in ten respondents (11%)  said they spend nothing on backup and DR, and a quarter (25%) state they don’t have the support of their senior business executives. Only 45% say they would not suffer substantial downtime in the event of a serious incident or natural disaster.
 
The vast majority (67%) of industrial firm IT managers surveyed believe their greatest challenge in a hybrid environment is moving data between physical, virtual and cloud environments. One in four (26%) have virtualized 50% or more of their production servers and this figure is set to grow by 30% in the next 12 months. Despite this growth, many are putting their data at risk, with nearly 40% confirming they only back up virtual servers at monthly or irregular intervals.
 
Security and availability concerns had previously slowed the adoption of cloud for disaster recovery. However, the industry is now shifting with 94% predicting they will be using the cloud in some form in the next 12 months. 53% recognize the operational cost reductions that can be achieved but most are not embracing the cloud for their backup strategy. Nearly a third (29%) stated they have no offsite backup strategy at all.