2/3 SMBs use cloud-based storage for disaster recovery

Western Europe and UK lagging US on cloud-based storage, according to report

Nearly two thirds of SMBs are using cloud-based storage for remote location disaster recover, according to research from IDC.

The market watcher found the US led the way for cloud storage with 93 per cent of organisations there backing up some portion of their data to the cloud.

In Western Europe this figure dropped to 63 per cent while in Asia Pacific only 57 per cent of small firms used the cloud to backup data. The research questioned 401 firms in eight countries: France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, UK and US.

Of the organisations not backing up to the cloud, companies in Western Europe and Asia Pacific were far more likely to cite security as a concern than US companies.

A third (33 per cent) of respondents from the US cited security as the reason they are not backing up to the cloud, while 59 per cent of Western European companies and 45 per cent of Asia Pacific countries noted the same concerns.

The survey found that nearly 80 per cent of companies estimated downtime costs to them of at least $20,000 per hour or more, and more than 20 per cent estimated it cost them at least $100,000.

Heterogeneous environments posed a more difficult environment for firms backing up data. Almost 37 per cent of organisations have to simultaneously back up virtual, physical and cloud-based servers. Of those that are managing virtual infrastructures, 54 per cent have to manage two or more different hypervisors. Within these figures, the US (77.8 per cent), UK (74.2 per cent) and Singaporean (78.1 per cent) IT infrastructures are far more complex than those of Germany (38.7 per cent), France (48.3 per cent) and Japan (45.5 per cent). 

Eric Burgener, research director of Storage at IDC, said the research showed that backup for a small or medium-sized business is more complex than ever.

“Data sizes and types continue to evolve, as does the number of servers and operating systems each company uses. This leads to a host of new challenges IT managers face to make sure they can back up and protect their data and restore operations quickly.”