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SMBs adopting virtualization, cloud and mobility for improved disaster preparedness

Posted on 15-May-2012 15:24 | Filed under: News

Symantec Corp. has announced the findings of its 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey, which discovered that disaster preparedness is closely connected with small and medium sized businesses� (SMBs) adoption of technologies like virtualisation, cloud computing, and mobility. The survey also revealed how willing SMBs are in adopting these technologies, often with improved disaster preparedness as a goal, and how the move is paying off for them.

�Today�s SMBs are in a unique position to embrace new technologies that not only provide a competitive edge, but also allows them to improve their ability to recover from a disaster while protecting the information that their businesses depend on� said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for SMB and .Cloud at Symantec Corp. �SMBs cannot afford lengthy downtimes so the ability to quickly recover from a disaster is critical. Technologies such as virtualisation, cloud computing, and mobility, combined with a sound plan and comprehensive security and data protection solutions, enable SMBs to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters such as floods or fires, as well as lost or stolen mobile devices and laptops.�

The survey shows that virtualisation, cloud and mobility are gaining SMB traction. Not just large businesses looking to cutting-edge technology, but a significant number of SMBs are adopting these innovations as well. More than one-third of them (35 percent) are now taking advantage of mobile devices for business use. Virtualisation is also on the radar of SMBs, with 34 percent either currently deploying or already benefitting from server virtualisation. More popular still is cloud computing, with 40 percent deploying public clouds and a similar number (43 percent) implementing private clouds.

Whether by design or not, implementing these initiatives has improved the disaster preparedness of most of the survey respondents, particularly in the case of server virtualisation � 71 percent reported that their disaster preparedness improved with virtualisation. In the case of private and public cloud they also saw improvement, according to 43 percent and 41 percent, respectively. And mobility increased their disaster preparedness 36 percent of the time.

The survey shows the importance of embracing innovation to better respond to challenges.

Research firm ReRez fielded this survey by telephone in February and March of 2012. They spoke with decision-makers at 2,053 organisations worldwide, each with between 5 and 250 employees. Of the survey respondents, 100 came from New Zealand and Australia; two-thirds were C-level and senior management; and the others were IT representatives.