Difficulties with data back-up and recovery are plaguing small to medium-sized enterprises, which are struggling to ensure that their information is kept safe in the long term, according to a new report from Veeam Software.
After surveying 500 firms in the US and Europe, the company found that 85 per cent are dealing with cost-related challenges to back-up and recovery, while 80 per cent feel the process is too complex for them to cope with properly and 83 per cent lack the staff to properly implement a data recovery structure.
This is a concern, given the importance of the information held by many businesses. Furthermore, technological shifts such as the emergence of big data mean that the costs of keeping it safe are likely to rise over the coming years - analysts have suggested that companies are to continue collecting more information in the future.
And with only 15 per cent of SMEs currently sorted in terms of back-up and protection, serious issues could occur for those others that have not improved their system to deal with this proliferation, reports Computer Weekly.
"More and more SMEs are being subjected to the same IT challenges and business pressures as large enterprises," said Ratmir Timashev, president and chief executive officer of Veeam Software.
"As such, any disruption to their IT infrastructure can have severe consequences. This is why it’s particularly worrying that the vast majority of SMEs reported cost, complexity and capability challenges with backup and recovery," he added.
While it is understandable that businesses are attempting to cut costs in the current economic climate, skimping on data backup is likely to lead to further expenses later down the line, especially if vital information is lost in the event of an accident.
On average a third of SMEs' virtual infrastructure is not backed up, a significant chunk of their operation.