Symantec Study Reveals New Technologies Are Helping SMBs Prepare for Disasters


A new study by Symantec explored to what degree SMBs are adopting virtualization, mobility and cloud computing and how these technologies affect their ability to prepare for the unexpected. The 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey found that the SMBs that adopt these technologies feel they are better prepared for disasters.

In fact, 71% of the respondents who have adopted virtualization report that it has improved their disaster preparedness. Additionally, 43% of those with private cloud services, 41% of those with public cloud services and 36% of those using mobility feel they can better handle the unexpected.

“SMBs cannot afford lengthy downtimes, so the ability to quickly recover from a disaster is critical,” said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for SMB and .Cloud at Symantec Corp. Technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility, combined with a sound plan and comprehensive security and data protection solutions, enable SMBs to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters such as floods or fires, as well as lost or stolen mobile devices and laptops.”

The survey of 2,053 business and IT executives from SMBs in 30 countries also revealed that:

  • SMBs are eagerly adopting new technologies. Forty-three percent of respondents are using private cloud computing services, 40% have purchased public cloud services, 35% are using mobile devices to access business information and 34% are adopting server virtualization.
  • When making a new technology purchase, SMBs consider how the technology will impact their disaster preparedness. Between 34% and 37% of SMBs said they considered disaster preparedness when purchasing cloud, mobile and virtualization services.

For more information, click here to download the complete survey.

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