Virtual environments may cause disaster recovery headaches for smaller companies if not handled with same urgency as physical systems, says Acronis.
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: Top 10 SMB Predictions For 2011
While smaller companies may adopt virtual machines in greater numbers in 2011, they may not necessarily adapt their backup plans to match the changes in their environments.
That's a problem, says backup and recovery vendor Acronis, which recently took a deeper dive into the data from its January study on small and midsize business (SMB) disaster preparedness. The report found that SMBs will increase their deployments of virtual servers in 2011, with adoption jumping from 22% to 33%.
"We realized that these SMB customers for the longest time have been putting their [disaster recovery] plans in place and backing up their data through their physical servers, and that's where they focused," said Seth Goodling, virtualization practice manager at Acronis, in an interview. "When the virtualization trend kicked off, and the server consolidation trend kicked off, all of a sudden they're faced with another set of challenges. It's not necessarily the best way to back up your virtual environments, the way you've backed up your physical environments in the past."
Goodling points to higher confidence in the ability to recover from an IT disaster among SMBs that treat their virtualized environments with the same degree of importance as they do their physical systems. "It was the companies that didn't put quite as much weight in their virtual environments that lacked confidence," he said.
In some cases, it could a matter of process: More than 40% of U.S. respondents in the study said they don't back up their virtual machines as often as their physical ones. That could be the result of tight resources or a lack of executive buy-in -- or both -- but whatever the reason, it makes good sense to have consistent backup policies across all environments. (And if you don't have any recovery plan, there's no time like the present.) Acronis advises SMBs to give equal importance to virtual machines in their backup plans, applying -- and enforcing -- the same policies that govern the company's physical machines.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of September 18, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."