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Survey reveals importance of effective data protection

Cliff Boodoosingh, Editor on August 01, 2012
More companies are beginning to realize the importance of proper data protection solutions to ensure their mission-critical files are safe during potential IT disruptions. Cloud computing, in particular, is considered one of the most effective options for this need thanks to its remote backup capabilities.

A recent survey of 500 IT decision-makers by Quantum found that a vast majority - 90 percent - believe their organizations' information is vulnerable to potential incidents. To make matters even more difficult, nearly 30 percent of these businesses have experienced a data security breach in the past year. Another 15 percent of participants said their companies have lost important information as a result of a natural disaster.

The Quantum survey also found that many businesses are indeed backing up mission-critical data to protect against devastating events. Of those polled by the company, 68 percent of respondents said their organizations back up information on a daily basis or more often, while 16 percent do so every week or less.

Robert Clark, Quantum senior vice president, said natural disasters, such as wildfires, have been at the center of disaster recovery discussions. The cloud is also gaining steam as a viable DR solution.

"In addition, many customers are now seeking all-in-one solutions that protect both physical and virtual environments," Clark said. "Increasingly, companies are also turning to cloud software and services for a solution to DR challenges."

Small businesses are in need of data protection

Small businesses across the United States are subjected to all types of IT disruptions and natural disasters that can ultimately destroy all of their mission-critical information, placing even greater emphasis on effective data protection solutions like cloud backup. The U.S. Small Business Administration recently explained why these companies have to plan ahead to protect against floods, fires and other incidents.

The SBA said it has approved more than 2,400 disaster loans worth $372 million in the past 18 months. Small businesses in the United States are encouraged to ensure that their vendors operate in other locations so if an event does strike, the service providers themselves are not impacted.

Small businesses may also want to store important documents in off-site locations that are accessible following disruptions, the SBA said. This is where cloud computing and its online backup benefits come into play because files can be accessed through the internet should an outage occur on-site.

Submitted by: Jonathan Ward,


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