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08-August-2011

Small business to invest in the cloud

Australian businesses are progressively using Cloud computing as a key element of their data protection plans, according to IT management software and solutions company, CA Technologies.

The results of an independent survey of 1086 CA Technologies partners across Asia-Pacific showed 37 per cent of them agreed that within the next year cloud will play a vital part in their disaster recovery and data protection strategies.

The report, Insights: Data Protection and the Cloud, highlights that with the expansion of Cloud adoption, businesses tend to appreciate that Cloud resources offer a solution for business continuity.

Ninety-one per cent of the 200 organisations surveyed within Australia experienced a flat or increased data protection budget from 2010 to 2011, with 42 per cent of them enjoying amplified investment.

The research questioned where these budgets will be directed over the coming year. The results found 57 per cent of companies will invest in managing a hybrid Cloud environment, where private Clouds are supplemented with access to resources in public Clouds. In addition, one in five will focus on improved protection of their private Cloud.

CA Technologies A/NZ director of data management, Scott Caulfield, said the results are encouraging as it indicates that many companies are now seeking a more sophisticated hybrid Cloud model.

“This highlights the need for a solution that allows them to evolve their data protection strategy at their own pace – whether it be new on-premise technology, using Cloud as backup medium or moving to a more complex hybrid Cloud model,” he stated.

Another finding that emerged is that 96 per cent of the surveyed companies disclosed they experienced application and data loss incidents in the last year regardless of the integration of Cloud and the encouraging trend in data protection spending.

The most common cause affecting more than 91 per cent of them was IT systems failures such as network, storage, hardware or software failures.

CA Technologies attributed the companies’ lack of readiness for such incidents as the reason behind the high level of data loss.

Forty-one per cent of companies responded that they lacked confidence in having a full and comprehensive disaster recovery plan. Though 95 per cent ran full testing of their disaster recovery plans at least once a year, 23 per cent did not meet recovery time and recovery point objectives in the tests.

Sixty-five per cent of the respondents named insufficient buy-in from senior management and 48 per cent lack of budget as barriers to progressing data protection and disaster recovery operations.

“Today, businesses of all sizes understand the repercussions of not having essential data always available – customers go unserved, SLAs are breached, suppliers cannot supply and staff morale and productivity degrades. However, the survey highlights that data protection strategies are still failing, leaving companies vulnerable – smarter investments are clearly needed,” Caulfield said

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