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Survey: Companies in Asia Pacific lack confidence in disaster recovery

T.C. Seow | May 8, 2012
In a survey commissioned by EMC Corporation, it was found that 81 percent of companies in the Asia Pacific region lack confidence in their own ability to fully recover systems or data in the event of a disaster.

In a survey commissioned by EMC Corporation, it was found that 81 percent of companies in the Asia Pacific region lack confidence in their own ability to fully recover systems or data in the event of a disaster. The survey, titled "The Disaster Recovery Survey 2012: Asia Pacific and Japan", also revealed that 71 percent of all respondents lost data or suffered systems downtime in the last 12 months.

These findings highlight the need for backup transformation from antiquated technologies that are not suited for today's data growth or availability expectations.

Conducted by independent research company Vanson Bourne, the survey looked at the state of backup and disaster recovery in the region to understand how well companies are prepared for data loss and systems downtime.

The research revealed that 83 percent of respondents in Southeast Asia are not fully confident that they can recover their systems and data following downtime. In fact, 74 percent of Southeast Asian organisations have experienced data loss or downtime in the past 12 months, out of which 60 percent of the respondents citing hardware failure as the leading cause.

Where data loss or downtime had been experienced, 39 percent recorded a loss of employee productivity as a major consequence.

Out of the 39 percent of organisations in Southeast Asia who are still using tape for backup and recovery, 83 percent expressed their intention to move beyond tape for backup purposes. In comparison, 59 percent currently use disk-based systems.

Findings of the survey are summarised as below:

• 81 percent of organisations are not very confident that they can fully recover after a disaster, according to a new survey of 2,500 companies in Asia Pacific and Japan

• 71 percent surveyed have lost data and/or suffered systems downtime in the last year

• Hardware failure (60 percent), data corruption (49 percent) and loss of power (44 percent) were cited as the primary causes of data loss and downtime

• 42 percent of organisations cite loss of employee productivity as the most likely consequence of data loss and downtime

• 44 percent of organisations who store a backup copy offsite for disaster recovery still use tape for recovery, and 37 percent still use CD ROM (although 62 percent now use disk-based storage)

• 83 percent of these organisations want to replace tape all together, highlighting the need for next generation backup and recovery

"Asia Pacific and Japan, along with the rest of the world, is facing uncertain economic times," said Shane Moore, director APJ product marketing, backup and recovery systems division at EMC. "Against this backdrop, it is more important than ever for businesses to ensure that they are protected against systems downtime and data loss or they are to withstand the damaging effects of loss of productivity and revenue."

 

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