Disaster preparedness is closely connected with small and medium sized businesses' (SMBs) adoption of technologies like virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility, finds the 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey conducted by Symantec Corp.
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. Out of 2,053 organizations that were surveyed globally, 100 were from Singapore.
"SMBSs today have opportunities to embrace new technologies that provide them with a competitive edge and allows them to improve their ability to recover from a disaster while protecting the information their businesses depend on," said Luichi Robles, senior country manager, Symantec Philippines.
"It is important for SMBs to have the capability to recover from a disaster as quickly as possible as they can't afford lengthy downtimes. A sound disaster preparedness plan and comprehensive security and data protection solutions, combined with technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility, 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."
According to the survey, more than one-third (35 percent) of respondents are now taking advantage of mobile devices for business use. Virtualization is also on the radar of SMBs, with 34 percent either currently deploying or already benefitting from server virtualization. More popular still is cloud computing, with 40 percent deploying public clouds and a similar number (43 percent) implementing private clouds.
In many cases, a desire to improve their disaster preparedness played a part in adopting these emerging technologies. In the case of private cloud computing, 37 percent reported that disaster preparedness influenced their decision, similar to the 34 percent who said it affected their commitment to public cloud adoption and server virtualization. This held true with mobility as well, with disaster preparedness influencing the decision 36 percent of the time.
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 virtualization -- 71 percent reported that their disaster preparedness improved with virtualization. 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.
Start planning now
The survey shows the importance of embracing innovation to better respond to challenges. In order for businesses to best take advantage of this opportunity to improve disaster preparedness, Symantec recommends taking the following actions:
• Start planning now: Develop a disaster preparedness plan today. Evaluate how strategic technologies such as mobile, virtualization and cloud can help in those efforts.
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