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Backup Bedlam: Latest Survey Shows Data At Risk

Think backups are boring? Not according to our more than 500 respondents.

Respondents to our InformationWeek Backup Technologies Survey are scrambling to keep up with fast-evolving IT architectures and security and business demands. While the percentage who perform test restores for most of their applications at least once per year increased from 38% in January 2011 to 44% in our March 2013 survey, that still leaves more than half who test sporadically, at best. Admins too often exclude some systems from not only their nightly but also their weekly backups and neglect to back up data at the remote or branch offices they support. Yet 84% are somewhat or very satisfied with their current backup systems. Go figure.

Among our 502 respondents, 73% use the same system for backing up physical and virtual servers, down from 79% in January 2011, indicating rising adoption of VM-specific backup systems. Other data points: 66% still back up directly to tape, though for 33% use is limited; 39% do not encrypt any backup media. That's the bad news. The good news is that percentage is down 17 points, from 56% saying the same in 2011. Less than half even occasionally perform full system restores, but 34% have at least weekly demands to do single-file restores. And just 27% are extremely confident in their ability to get the business up and running again in a reasonable time frame after a major disaster that takes out the main data center.

We also asked about the percentage of physical and virtual servers being backed up on at least a weekly basis. Our respondents are pretty good at protecting physical boxes, with 80% reporting that they back up at least 80% of their servers at least once a week. The same can't be said for VMs, however, despite the fact that most orgs now virtualize production workloads: Our latest InformationWeek Virtualization Management Survey shows just 4% have no server virtualization plans, and 69% even use desktop and/or storage virtualization. Yet the rate at which virtual servers are protected still lags behind that of physical servers by a full five points.

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