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2016 Report Reveals Holes In Mid-Size Firms’ Disaster Recovery Plans

LOS ANGELES, CA –(Marketwired – May 10, 2016) – Infrascale, the leader in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), unveiled its findings in the 2016 DRaaS Attitudes & Adoption Report, developed by ActualTech Media. The report revealed some alarming results, most notably that 80% of small- to mid-sized companies surveyed still rely on tape or disk-based technology as part of their disaster recovery strategy, which is part of the reason they’re unable to quickly restore critical applications when servers crash.

Given the promise of cloud-based disaster recovery to deliver near-instant failover, Infrascale sponsored this research to better understand the needs of IT decision makers when it comes to DRaaS and the barriers to adoption.

This is the second straight year for the report, which includes responses from 274 technology professions from organizations with between 100 and 5,000 employees. The report highlighted an unsettling number of businesses are not investing in modern disaster recovery solutions and testing them on a regular basis for a variety of reasons including cost and complexity.

According to Infrascale Founder and CEO Ken Shaw Jr., “Given the importance of operational uptime and the growing threat of ransomware, companies know having a sound disaster recovery system in place is essential. The perception that reliable disaster recovery solutions are expensive and difficult to implement leaves organizations unnecessarily vulnerable.”

Key findings from the survey include:

  • More than a third of those surveyed (37%) couldn’t quantify the costs of downtime to their organization.
  • Over half of those surveyed (54%) do not have failover capabilities that give them the ability to restore key business applications within one hour of failure.
  • Approximately half of those surveyed (52%) said the main hurdles for their organizations not adopting failover systems were the perceived high costs and lack of IT resources. The top four considerations for evaluating on-demand failover solutions are cost, reliability, security and system compatibility.
  • One-fifth of the respondents either haven’t tested their disaster recovery plans or conducted a test in the past year.

“Disaster recovery may not be a favorite topic for IT professionals, but having failover plans and systems in place can be the difference between surviving the roller coaster of modern business and closing up shop when disaster strikes,” said Scott Lowe, co-founder of ActualTech Media. “These findings indicate that SMBs are still largely being underserved when it comes to emerging DR and DRaaS solutions.”

Shaw said, “What’s concerning is that organizations are leaving themselves vulnerable and at risk of losing sales, productivity, reputation and revenue based primarily on the fallacy that today’s disaster recovery options are costly and difficult to implement. What’s even scarier is that these same companies aren’t fully aware of the implications of this potential downtime.”

Shaw added that there’s a real disconnect between where the DRaaS industry is today and companies’ understandings of what disaster recovery should entail for businesses of all sizes, “No organization is immune to downtime, whether caused by human error or natural disaster, but these events no longer have to be crises when organizations have a DRaaS solution in place.”

Data were weighted to be representative of the business populations of interest. More details and a full copy of the 2016 DRaaS Attitudes & Adoption Report can be found here.

About Infrascale

Infrascale provides the most powerful disaster recovery solution in the world. Founded in 2006, the company aims to give every company the ability to recover from a disaster — quickly, easily and affordably. Combining intelligent software with the power of the cloud is how Infrascale cracks the disaster recovery cost barrier without complex, expensive hardware enabling any company to restore operations in minutes with a push of a button. Infrascale equips businesses with the confidence to handle the unexpected by providing less downtime, greater security, and always-on availability.

Visit www.infrascale.com or follow us on Twitter at @Infrascale for more information.

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