TwinStrata has published the results of its ‘Industry Trends: Data Backup in 2014’ survey. Conducted between December 2013 and January 2014, the report analyzes responses from 209 IT personnel.
The results indicate an urgent need for organizations to make significant improvements to their backup strategies with one in five organizations experiencing back-up failures at least monthly and one in 10 weekly. As a result, 53 percent of organizations plan to make changes to their backup strategy this year. Incorporating cloud storage was the remedy most often cited by these respondents.
Disaster recovery was the area where backup strategies were most under stress:
- Just 12 percent of respondents predict that they can recover from a site disaster within a couple hours. Cloud storage users were twice as likely to recover in that timeframe (20 percent) as non-cloud storage users (9 percent).
- 63 percent of organizations measure site recovery time in days, with 29 percent requiring four days or more.
- More than half of organizations experience backup failure multiple times a year due to a host of issues from connectivity failure (25 percent), equipment failure (21 percent) or file corruption (18 percent).