Symantec 2012 Backup and Recovery Flash Poll Global Results

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Assessing the current backup and recovery situation in the enterprise, Symantec's 2012 Backup and Recovery Flash Poll found that Backup confidence is lacking – especially virtual backups; Backup SLAs …

Assessing the current backup and recovery situation in the enterprise, Symantec's 2012 Backup and Recovery Flash Poll found that Backup confidence is lacking – especially virtual backups; Backup SLAs are inadequately met; The current backup and recovery approach is complex with too many tools; As a result, backup and recovery will change

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  • 1. Backup and Recovery Flash PollGlobal Results
  • 2. Methodology• Survey Performed by Applied Research• 1,425 organizations worldwide• Enterprises (500 employees or more)• C-level, strategic management, and tactical management• Cross-industry 2
  • 3. Key Findings• Backup confidence is lacking - especially virtual backups• Backup SLAs are inadequately met• The current backup and recovery approach is a long process with too many tools• As a result, backup and recovery will change 3
  • 4. Backup Confidence Lacking• Only 28% completely confident that 100% of the backed-up data can be recovered• More than a third (36%) would NOT bet their paychecks that 100% of backed-up data could be recovered• Virtualization backup ranks 2nd lowest of successful IT initiatives – Only 58% think that their virtualization backup is adequately/perfectly working
  • 5. Backup SLAs Are Inadequate• One-third of respondents don’t know/unsure they meet backup and recovery SLAs• No penalty for missing backup SLAs for 1 in 5 (22%)• Primary reasons for not meeting backup and recovery SLAs: – Size of the backup – Bandwidth – Too much data volume• 25% of virtual environments have less stringent SLAs than physical ones• 37% of virtual environments have more stringent SLAs than physical ones
  • 6. Backup And Recovery Takes Too Long• 39% say their organizations’ backup takes too long• 33% say their organizations’ recovery takes too long• 72% would switch vendors for faster backups• Respondents report they are understaffed by average of 8
  • 7. Complex Tools To Consolidate• 28% say they have too many backup tools• Organizations use average of 4 backup solutions for physical systems• Organizations use average of 3 backup solutions for virtual systems• 42% of respondents say they use native tools within applications• Only 32% say they will use native tools in 12 months
  • 8. Backup Will Change• Organizations to move away from tape backup and off-site storage to cloud backup solutions – 45% of respondents say they use cloud based backup/replication currently – 51% report they will use cloud based backup in next 12 months (increase of 6 percentage points) – 61% say they use disk based backup/replication currently – 40% report they will use disk based backup in next 12 months (drop in 21 percentage points)
  • 9. Recommendations• Unite Virtual and Physical Backups• Consolidate backup and recovery tools in a single appliance• Fight infinite retention• Stop Putting Tapes on Trucks