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SMB Cloud and virtualisation adoption driven by disaster preparedness
Survey finds most small businesses improve disaster recovery plans using server virtualisation and cloud.
Cloud computing, virtualisation and mobility are increasingly being adopted by SMBs to improve disaster preparedness, according to a new survey.
The research found that 40 per cent of respondents are using public clouds with 43 per cent implementing private clouds.
More than one-third of them (35 per cent) are now taking advantage of mobile devices for business use. Virtualisation is also gaining popularity among SMBs, with over a third (34 per cent) either currently deploying or already using server virtualisation.
The study, carried out by security company Symantec, interviewed 2,053 respondents from companies with five to 250 employees. For many in the survey, disaster preparedness influenced 37 per cent of companies in implementing private clouds. Of the SMBs, 34 per cent said it affected their commitment to public cloud adoption and server virtualisation. It was a similar story with mobility as well, with disaster preparedness influencing the decision 36 per cent of the time.
The survey also found that early adopters of cloud and virtualisation were more equipped to deal with disaster than their non-cloud counterparts. It found that 71 per cent reported that their disaster preparedness improved with virtualization. In the case of private and public cloud they also saw improvement, according to 43 per cent and 41 per cent, respectively. And mobility increased their disaster preparedness 36 per cent of the time.
Steve Cullen, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for SMB and cloud at Symantec said that SMBs are in “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."
"SMBs cannot afford lengthy downtimes so the ability to quickly recover from a disaster is critical,” said Cullen. “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."