SMBs Struggle With Data Protection's Rising Complexity

By Michael Vizard

Increased complexity is nearly always good from the IT channel's vantage point, and the intricacies of backup and recovery are proving to be no exception. A survey of 401 global small and midsize businesses (SMBs) conducted by IDC on behalf of data protection specialist Acronis found that IT organizations are struggling with backup and recovery, thanks to the rise of virtualization and cloud computing. Backup and recovery becomes more problematic with each new platform added. Most IT organizations now routinely run multiple types of hypervisors in and out of the cloud, but these platforms are increasing the cost and complexity of backing up and recovering data, the study found. In addition, the cost of downtime is on the rise and expectations for both recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives are tightening. The result is increasing pressure on IT organizations to seek outside assistance from solution providers in the channel. Here's a look at key takeaways from the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-07-16
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.