Disaster Recovery Takeways

3 Disaster Recovery Planning Takeaways from Spiceworks State of IT Report

It’s that time of the year when IT leaders start budget planning and mapping out their 2016 data protection strategy. And lucky for you Spiceworks released their State of IT budget and trends report, so you can benchmark your data protection priorities against the greater market. Here are three key takeaways to help with your 2016 data protection planning.

Mind the Disaster Recovery Gap

About “three quarters of the” 800 surveyed IT pros are worried about technology, IT security, and man-made disasters or incidents. The Spiceworks report revealed that 72% of IT pros consider man-made disasters/incidents to be a moderate to high risk for their organization.

The problem is that this worry isn’t being properly addressed in their budget. While IT plans to invest in backup and disaster recovery for 2016, the 10% allocation isn’t enough to protect their company from downtime. This will be a critical misstep for companies as downtime costs continue to rise. For companies that are relying on bare metal recovery or backup as their disaster recovery solution, check out these posts: Top Three Differences between DRaaS and Bare Metal Recovery and The Scariest Thing: Using Backup as DR.

 Will IT’s “Server” Shopping Spree Accelerate DRaaS Adoption?

What hardware does IT plan to purchase for 2016? Survey says: IT is going on a “server” (and desktop) shopping spree. In a photo finish with desktops, 51% of respondents indicated servers will be one of their top planned hardware purchases for 2016. So, what’s missing from this “server” shopping cart? Here’s a hint: hardware failure protection.

With hardware failure being one of the top causes of downtime, it will be interesting to see if companies start evaluating new disaster recovery as a service solutions to minimize business risk due to servers crashing, human errors, and power outages.

These affordable cloud-based solutions make it possible to give every server a disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) wingman. Of course, not all DRaaS solutions are created equal. Learn what are the top 5 disaster recovery must-haves in George Crump’s “Ultimate DRaaS Buyer’s Guide”.

Think You Can’t Afford Disaster Recovery? Wrong

While not shocking, the survey confirmed that IT will be asked to do more with less in 2016. Budgets are set to “remain fairly flat” and almost 60% of IT professionals don’t expect their IT staff to increase.

The silver lining is that there are new disaster recovery as a service solutions that are affordable and when compared to traditional DR solutions, do not require extra IT resources to deploy, test, and manage. Interested to know how disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) differs from traditional DR? Checkout this slideshare: What is DRaaS?

Disaster Recovery Planning: Ready, Set, Go

It’s clear that IT feels their data is inadequately protected and that they aren’t doing enough to protect their environment. But IT doesn’t have to delay 2016 disaster recovery planning due to costs, staffing shortages, and complexity.

The good news is that for the first time small and medium sized business can affordably eradicate downtime for the cost of backup. No longer a luxury that’s just reserved for enterprises, SMBs can minimize business risk, ensuring their employees and customers are never affected from hardware failures, human error, or natural disasters.

Need help with your 2016 Disaster Recovery planning? Check out our Disaster Recovery Planning kit:

  • ActualTech Media Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) 2015 Attitudes and Adoption Report
  • George Crump’s DRaaS Buyer’s Guide: 5 Must Ask Questions
  • Infrascale Cloud Failover Appliance Datasheet
  • Tech Brief: Infrascale Cloud Failover Appliance
  • Infographic: Top 25 DR Statistics
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