SMBs Enhance Data Security Tactics, IDC Says

US SMBs to increasingly adopt data protection technologies previously seen only in enterprise data centers, IDC survey reveals

February 11, 2009

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- The days when small and medium businesses (SMBs) were just burning DVDs from time to time to protect their data are over. SMBs are increasingly adopting technologies like replication or disk-to-disk-to-tape backup, previously seen only in enterprise datacenters, a special report from IDC revealed. Of course SMBs are not ready to adopt enterprise-scale products that might be too complicated and expensive, and over-deliver. They look for solutions appropriate to their needs, which wont require significant financial and human resources to acquire, deploy, and manage.

Among key findings of IDC’s special report are the following:

  • SMBs use diverse methods of data protection

    Small businesses (SBs) and medium businesses (MBs) differ in their reasons for selecting data protection solutions

  • SBs and MBs differ regarding their future data protection methods

  • Data protection is a big part of storage budgets among SMBs

"Vendors looking to capitalize on the SMB interest in various data protection technologies need to develop product capabilities and position their offerings with messages important to SMB customers," said Laura DuBois, program director, Storage Software at IDC. "Such messages should focus on how smoothly a product can be integrated into an existing IT environment, what functionality it provides, and how easy the product management is."

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