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2012-06-29

Less than 10% SMBs prepared for disasters

More than 90 percent of Indian SMBs are not sufficiently prepared for disasters even as they grapple with high instances of disasters, says Symantec Corporation. The company on Thursday, in its 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey, revealed its India fin

More than 90 percent of Indian SMBs are not sufficiently prepared for disasters even as they grapple with high instances of disasters, says Symantec Corporation. The company on Thursday, in its 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey, revealed its India findings, gathered from 100 Indian SMBs with less than 249 employees.

The survey, on the positive note, also revealed that Indian SMBs are adopting technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility, often with improved disaster preparedness as a goal. 

"Small and medium businesses are the backbone of India. These businesses cannot afford lengthy downtimes and so their ability to quickly recover from a disaster is critical," said Vijay Mhaskar, Vice President, Information Management Group, Symantec India.

"It's time Indian SMBs start looking seriously at having a sound plan with effective security and data protection solutions that will enable them to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters," he added.

The reasons cited for this ranges from lack of resources (42 per cent), computer systems not critical to business (37 per cent), budgets (21 per cent) and business priority (16 per cent). Showing complete unawareness for the need of disaster preparedness, a sizeable number of respondents (21 percent) said that it never occurred to them to have a disaster recovery plan.

Following the report, Symantec recommended SMBs of developing a disaster preparedness plan along with adopting an integrated cloud and automated physical to virtual (P2V) backup for offsite storage and recovering physical system to virtual machine in case of server failure. It also stressed on using a comprehensive security solutions and reviewing disaster preparedness at least once a quarter.

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