Organizations Using Cloud Storage for Disaster Recovery Spend Less, Recover Faster, Says New Survey

60 percent of all users claim to recover applications and data in just 24 hours after a site disaster

24 Sep 2013

Natick, MA – September 24, 2013 – TwinStrata, Inc., an innovator in cloud-integrated storage solutions, today announced the results of its 2013 Cloud Storage and Disaster Recovery survey. Conducted between May to August 2013, the report analyzes responses from 288 IT personnel. The results indicate widespread acceptance of cloud storage and demonstrate the tangible impact cloud storage can have on disaster recovery strategies.

The full report and its accompanying infographic can be downloaded at: http://info2.twinstrata.com/dr-survey-2013

Among the key findings:

  • Sixty percent of all users claim to recover applications and data in just 24 hours after a site disaster. An additional 19 percent estimated it would take less than three days. The remaining 20 percent (one in five) estimated it would take more than three days to recover both data and applications.
  • Nearly half (48 percent) of organizations that rely solely on cloud storage for backup and disaster recovery (DR) indicated they can recover both data and applications in just “a couple hours.” Only 30 percent of organizations that do not use cloud storage for DR at all claim the same recovery speed.
  • Similarly, 47 percent of organizations that do not use any cloud storage for disaster recovery actually spent more than $100,000 annually on DR services – compared to only 27 percent of organizations that rely solely on cloud storage for DR.
  • Having a virtualized environment also made a significant difference to recovery time objectives – 68 percent of fully virtualized companies claimed site recovery in “a couple hours.”
  • One in three organizations continued to rely on onsite backups or offsite tapes as their only backup/DR strategy.
  • Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of respondents use or plan to use cloud storage for backup/DR.
  • Mid-market organizations that estimate one-day shut-down costs between $25-$500k were the most vulnerable to disaster, with 28 percent estimating it would take more than three days to recover data and applications Only 16 percent of all other companies estimated the same.

“Last week’s announcement that Nirvanix is shutting down has caused many organizations to question whether cloud storage is worth the perceived risk,” said Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of TwinStrata. “Our survey clearly shows that the benefits of cloud storage are far too compelling to ignore, particularly from a disaster recovery perspective. With the right technology and migration plan in place, customers can recover from any disaster – even the loss of their cloud storage provider.”

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About TwinStrata, Inc.

TwinStrata delivers cloud-integrated storage solutions that seamlessly combine the flexibility of cloud-based technologies with the robustness of traditional storage. As a result, customers benefit from significant reductions in IT costs, time and administrative requirements. Customers of all sizes use TwinStrata to capitalize on the cloud’s scalability and economy advantages without sacrificing the security, performance and peace of mind of local storage. More information is available at twinstrata.com.

 

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